Back in 2006, Q. Allan Brocka, director of Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World and Eating Out, brought us Boy Culture, based on the novel by Matthew Rettenmund. Since then the movie about the complicated romantic entanglements of a hustler, simply called ‘X’, has become a bit of a cult gay favourite, with its spirit kept alive by Rettenmund’s Boy Culture blog.
Now though, there are plans to bring it to the small screen as a series, with Brocka and Rettenmund working on six 15-minute stories, which put together will create a feature-length, 90-minute whole. To help do that, they’ve launched a Kickstarter, which aims to raise $50,000 towards the cost of creating the show.
We’re also promised that, ‘the sequel will explore themes of sexuality, sex work, age, race, closeted celebrities, cosplay, PrEP, and how gay men can make a committed relationship work in a world where sex — just like your favorite show to binge-watch — is available on demand.’
A great cast is coming together to make it happen, including Gayby’s Matthew Wilkas, Noah’s Arc’s Darryl Stephens, Instagram star Matt Crawford, singer Steve Grand, and The Big Gay Sketch Show and BearCity’s wonderfully funny Stephen Guarino.
So what’s set to happen in the new series? Well, according to the Kickstarer, ‘Ten years after the drama of Boy Culture, “X” and Andrew — who were a couple when we left them — have broken up after a move to L.A., so are back where they started: They’re roommates with way too much chemistry.
‘”X,” out of hustling for years, is getting back into it, but finds himself rusty about how the business works. Hilariously, he is unwillingly taken under the wing of Chayce, a barely-legal twink who is ruthlessly up to speed on how to sell what he’s got.
‘Who says millennials are afraid of hard work?
‘In no time flat, this snarky kid is leading headstrong “X” around by the nose, and it’s a dynamic that the grumpily insecure, almost-over-the-hill-but-still-hot “X” never saw coming.’
You can take a look at the crowdfunding video below, and if you like what you see, head over to Kickstarter to help out.