NBC orders telepic of ‘Law’

Noth to reprise Logan role in two-hour special

In a deal with Studios USA Pictures and Wolf Films, NBC will be spinning off its acclaimed drama “Law & Order” into a two-hour world premiere movie this fall, a move that could turn the series into a film franchise for the network.

Entitled “Exiled,” first telepic will be based on the exploits of Det. Mike Logan, reprised by Chris Noth, and his attempt to return to Manhattan by solving the grisly murder of a young prostitute. Noth’s character exited the show in 1995 after being exiled to Staten Island for punching a city councilwoman. He played Det. Logan from 1990-95.

“The character of Mike Logan has proved to be popular even three years after Chris’ departure from the show,” said Dick Wolf, the show’s creator and executive producer.

If the pic proves successful in the ratings, more “Law & Order” specials will probably be pursued, an NBC exec said.

In “Exiled,” regular series castmembers will reprise their current roles in the show, including Sam Waterston (assistant district attorney Jack McCoy), Jerry Orbach (Det. Lennie Briscoe), Benjamin Bratt (Det. Rey Curtis), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren), John Fiore (Det. Tony Profaci) and former series star Dann Florek (Capt. Donald Cragen).

Jean de Segonzac will direct from a teleplay by co-producer Charles Kipps, who developed the story with Noth. Wolf will serve as executive producer. John L. Roman is producing.

“Law & Order” will return for its ninth season in the fall. In 1997 the show won the Emmy for drama series.

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