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Deadline: Sleeper Cell Creators to Write Live-Action Noir Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Site: Duo replace Nip/Tuck's Sean Jablonski on upcoming Starz series

The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Sleeper Cell creators Cyris Voris and Ethan Reiff are now signed on to write the live-action television adaptation of the Noir anime. The Sleeper Cell series had aired on the Showtime network in 2005.

The original writer of the series, Steven Lightfoot, was replaced by Sean Jablonski in October 2011. At that time, Deadline had reported that Jablonski would act as the showrunner of the series. (The showrunner, as the Writers Guild of America puts it, is "in charge of pre-production, production, and post-production. In other words, everything.") Deadline does not mention if either Voris or Reiff will act as showrunner for the Noir series now.

The Noir live-action television adaptation was green-lit for the Starz television network last June. A year ago, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht had said that the show would Air In Summer 2012. According to Deadline, the project was put on hold after Jablonski replaced Lightfoot, but Deadline notes that the project "has already incurred some production costs, including building sets."

Executive producers Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Xena, Priest, Legend of the Seeker), Bob Tapert (The Evil Dead, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Xena, Legend of the Seeker), Joshua Donen, and Bill Hamm remain with the project.

Update: At Starz's portion of the TCA Summer Press Tour on Thursday, Albrecht said the live-action project "ran into some creative challenges but…I'm very confident Noir will be on, just not sure when." Source: Deadline

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