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06-18-11, 02:07 AM

Starz Picks Up Sam Raimi & Rob Tapert's Female Assassin Drama 'Noir' To Series

EXCLUSIVE: Coming up on Starz -- another action drama series from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, executive producers of the pay cable network's breakout hit Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its offshoot Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. I hear Starz has greenlighted to series Noir, a live-action adaptation of the 2001 Japanese anime series.

The project, which had been in development at the network since last fall, follows two female assassins who team up to fight against a secret society. After discovering they're mysteriously linked, the two, under the Noir moniker, have to work together until they get answers about why and how they are connected -- or until one of them kills the other. Steven Lightfoot (Criminal Justice) wrote the adaptation and will executive produce the series with Raimi, Tapert, fellow Spartacus exec producer Joshua Donen as well as Bill Hamm.

Noir had been gathering momentum over the past few weeks, with producers sending out feelers about assembling a small writers room for the potential series. The number of episodes for Noir is yet to be determined, but Starz's new shows usually get straight-to-series orders of 8 to 10 episodes. At the network, Noir joins the upcoming Chicago mayor drama Boss starring Kelsey Grammer and 1960s Miami drama Magic City. Meanwhile, costume drama Camelot is still awaiting word on its future after completing its freshman run last week.


06-19-11, 02:51 AM
Interesting news. Is the anime Noir good? Do you recommend it? The plot sounds intriguing.

06-19-11, 08:54 PM
Interesting news. Is the anime Noir good? Do you recommend it? The plot sounds intriguing.
I though it was all right. It was my least favorite from Bee Train Production's Girls With Guns trilogy (the other two series are El Cazador de la Bruja and Madlax). I just like the other two more.

06-19-11, 09:00 PM
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06-20-11, 09:14 AM
The full animated series is available on Hulu.

06-22-11, 11:53 PM
I wasn't a huge fan of Noir. Most of the "assasinations" involved one of them standing in place in the open and shooting at people that had bad-guys-can't-shoot syndrome.

The storyline itself was alright though.

Ash Ketchum
06-23-11, 11:19 AM
Interesting news. Is the anime Noir good? Do you recommend it? The plot sounds intriguing.

I watched the first volume (eps. 1-5) for the "Make Your Own Challenge" challenge in May on DVD Talk. My comment back then echoes what GreenMonkey said in the previous post:

It’s about a pair of female assassins, one a French woman and one a Japanese schoolgirl, who wind up working together out of an apartment in Paris. (Think LA FEMME NIKITA meets THE PROFESSIONAL meets BLACK CAT.) It’s very stylish but a bit too ponderous and it takes itself way too seriously. The girls are such good shots and the teams of opposing bad guys in shades and dark suits are such poor shots that no suspense is ever generated. We just know the girls are gonna shoot and fight their way out of any situation with ridiculous ease. But it has a great music score by female composer Yuki Kajiura (".hack/sign").

08-10-11, 08:43 AM
LINK (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/08/10/starzs-noir-live-action-adaptation-to-air-in-summer-2012)
Starz's Noir Live Action Adaptation to Air in Summer 2012

Adaptation by the executive producers of Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus: Blood and Sand

In a conference call to discuss Liberty Media's earning report on Tuesday, Chris Albrecht, Starz president and CEO, confirmed that the Noir live action adaptation that Starz had green-lit (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/06/18/starz-green-lights-noir-live-action-tv-series) is going to be airing in Summer 2012. The series, being adapted by Sam Raimi (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000600/) and Rob Tapert (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0849964/) based on the 2001 anime, is currently in pre-production and will air on Starz. Liberty Media is the parent company of Starz.

via Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/liberty-medias-starz-posts-better-220536)

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