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Sam Raimi adapts assassin-girl anime Noir for Starz

Jun. 18, 2011by: Dave Davis
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Filmmaker Sam Raimi, along with producing partner Rob Tapert, continues splitting time between star-packed big-budget movies (like the upcoming OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL) and cinematic fare for the small screen.

Revisiting the action-girl genre where they made "Xena" a cheesy sensation (and "Cleopatra 2525" to a lesser extent), Raimi and Tapert are heading to Starz with a live-action version of the anime "Noir", about two sexy female assassins piecing together their own mysterious pasts and contending with a centuries-old clandestine organization that wants to control destiny.

The cable network has pulled the trigger on a season of the new series, which shouldn't be surprising after the success of Raimi/Tapert's ludicrous, hyper-stylized "Spartacus" ("Blood and Sand" and the prequel "Gods of the Arena").

The series is just gathering writers now, so it likely won't hit your TV until later next year. But if "Noir" is anywhere near as wildly gratuitous and deliriously entertaining as "Spartacus", I know I'll be tuning in every week.

Extra Tidbit: Has anyone seen the original "Noir" anime series? Any good? Or at least a decent foundation for a live-action show?
Source: Deadline

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2:54AM on 06/19/2011

Boy...

...they really are gonna run this teenage female assassin subgenre into the ground, aren't they?
...they really are gonna run this teenage female assassin subgenre into the ground, aren't they?
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9:43PM on 06/18/2011

hmmmm...

boob boobs and violence yum yums
boob boobs and violence yum yums
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7:58PM on 06/18/2011
I'm not actually the biggest fan of anime but Noir is pretty good. A bit slow, but I would definitely give a live action show a try. It's a bit like Hanna meets Le Femme Nikita.
I'm not actually the biggest fan of anime but Noir is pretty good. A bit slow, but I would definitely give a live action show a try. It's a bit like Hanna meets Le Femme Nikita.
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5:44PM on 06/18/2011
Noir (anime) doesn't have any where NEAR as much sex as Spartacus, you could say there's none at all. There's huge Lesbian overtones between the two main characters though, so maybe they'll throw in some girl on girl action.
As for plot, Noir is damn good. There's quite a distinction between Japanese story-telling and Western Story-telling, and Noir fits right in with the western style, so I think it will be perfect for adaption. I'm pretty damn keen.
Noir (anime) doesn't have any where NEAR as much sex as Spartacus, you could say there's none at all. There's huge Lesbian overtones between the two main characters though, so maybe they'll throw in some girl on girl action.
As for plot, Noir is damn good. There's quite a distinction between Japanese story-telling and Western Story-telling, and Noir fits right in with the western style, so I think it will be perfect for adaption. I'm pretty damn keen.
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3:30PM on 06/18/2011
I freakin love Spartacus Blood and Sand. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves Blood, Gore, Sex and fantastic story telling. If this Noir is half as good as Spartacus then it will be worth giving it a look.
I freakin love Spartacus Blood and Sand. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves Blood, Gore, Sex and fantastic story telling. If this Noir is half as good as Spartacus then it will be worth giving it a look.
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2:47PM on 06/18/2011
This is awesome news!
This is awesome news!
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