Choosing a restaurant for a lunchtime interview with the creators of ”Exiled: A Law and Order Movie” was a snap. Da Marino, on West 49th Street in Manhattan, makes a cameo appearance in this two-hour film, which has its premiere tonight at 9 on NBC. More significantly, it is the spot where the idea for the movie was born.
Chris Noth, the actor who starred as the detective Mike Logan in ”Law and Order” from 1990 to 1995, and Charles Kipps, a screenwriter, were breaking bread at Da Marino in early 1997 when the concept for ”Exiled” took root. What about reviving Mr. Noth’s character, who had been exiled to Staten Island after slugging a city councilman at the end of the 1995 season? The two men worked out the story line over successive dinners. Mr. Kipps then went off to write the ”Exiled” script, for which Mr. Noth shared the story credit.
”Exiled” takes place three years after Logan’s banishment to Staten Island, where he yearns to return not only to Manhattan but to a homicide beat. The case of a murdered prostitute found floating in New York Harbor might be his ticket back. After Logan claims jurisdiction of the investigation for Staten Island, his detective work uncovers mob involvement and a potentially dirty cop.