There may be good news for the many patient fans of Noah's Arc who have been awaiting details of a long-rumored movie. Executive producer Patrik-Ian Polk announces MTV Networks/LOGO has greenlighted production for Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom.
"It's been a little wait for the fans, but I promise they won't be disappointed," Polk says in a statement, promising the silver screen treatment "definitely takes this story to the next level." The script "will pick up where the series left off at the cliffhanger season finale" and reunites the principal cast, including newly-out lead actor Darryl Stephens (Noah), Doug Spearman (Chance), Rodney Chester (Alex) and Christian Vincent (Ricky).
The subtitle refers to the old African marriage custom, and in a video message at After Elton, Polk and Stephens are tight-lipped on who "jumps" the broom. "I can't reveal those details, everyone has to wait"
There is already speculation Noah will get hitched to dreamy, on-again, off-again BF Wade (Jensen Atwood). When we interviewed Jensen for the cover of the November CLIK, the soap opera hunk said "no one" from LOGO—including Polk—had "ever" contacted him about a third season or a movie. Assuming the film advances from pre-production into production, it is hopeful that Atwood would be cast. It's difficult to imagine Noah's Arc moving to the big screen without his character because the Noah and Wade love story—as unlikely as some of it was—was one of the highlights of the series. In addition to actor Gregory Kieth.
This news comes one year after the series was abruptly canceled on the eve of its third season via a virtual press release and MySpace announcements. Network officials refused to say if the series would return for another season, and, many, including yours truly, saw the proposed "film" as a trial balloon floated for the fanbase.
Many fans are excited over the news, but, some of the leading voices in the black gay virtual community still share our feelings. "I for one couldn’t be happier," says writer and activist Jasmyne Cannick, who was an associate producer on the first season of Noah's Arc. However, she remains "skeptical until it’s complete and ready to premiere. Talk is cheap, show me action, lights, and camera!" Washington Blade blogger J. Brotherlove says the "news of a feature is exciting [but] the overall the compromise is bittersweet" because "replacing the first and only television series featuring a gay, African American cast with a film is disappointing."
To be continued.
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