Starz Develops Live-Action Remake of Noir Action Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Evil Dead/Spartacus/Xena's Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert are producers of assassin project

The Hollywood Reporter magazine reports on Thursday that the American cable television network Starz is developing a live-action remake of the 2001 television anime series Noir. In the original anime, two female assassins come together to work on missions while they uncover their past and their connection with each other.

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) are executive producers for the project, while Stephen Lightfoot (Criminal Justice, House of Saddam) is serving as both the writer and an executive producer.

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 just last week that it acquired the North American rights to the anime, and it plans to release the anime next year.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Update: More background information added.

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