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Noir Anime Gets Live-Action TV Series Green-Lit at Starz

posted on 2011-06-18 00:07 EDT
Evil Dead/Spartacus/Xena's Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert produce assassin project

The American cable television network Starz has green-lit a remake of the 2001 television anime series Noir as a live-action series. Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Xena, Priest, Legend of the Seeker) and Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Xena, Legend of the Seeker) have been developing the project as executive producers since at least last year.

In the original anime, two female assassins come together to work on missions while they uncover their past and their connection with each other.

Screenwriter Ryoe Tsukimura (El Hazard - The Magnificent World, Shrine of the Morning Mist, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie) created the original concept for the anime, and Bee Train studio co-founder Koichi Mashimo directed the project. ADV Films released the anime in North America before the distributor shut down in 2009. FUNimation Entertainment confirmed last year that it acquired the North American rights to the anime..

The other executive producers on the live-action series include writer Steven Lightfoot, Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

Source: Variety

Update: More background information added.


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