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Anime Series Noir Getting a Live-Action Adaptation on Starz

Cautiously Optimistic


Well, here’s some news that awesomely came out of nowhere: a live action series based on the anime series Noir has been picked up by Starz. It is being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who you may recall that these are the guys behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, Xena: Warrior Princess, and — since it can’t go without mentioning — the Evil Dead movies. That, by itself, is very exciting. But throw in the fact that this show is about two female assassins teaming up to defeat a secret society, and this sounds like a show that’s going to be well worth our time.

Noir, which was first aired in 2001, and was a very popular series in Japan’s “girls and guns” genre. It followed two young women, Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika — an amnesiac — as they seek answers about their past and how they’re connected. They form an alliance and go into business for themselves as assassins, using the code name “Noir.” Eventually, they run into a secret society known as Les Soldats (“The Soldiers”) that controls Noir, but then tries to kill Mireille and Yumura. Oh, and the two girls might be out to kill each other.

No word yet on when this series will air, but Starz tends to give its series eight to 10 episodes to start. It was written by Steven Lightfoot, who will produce along with Tapert, Raimi, and their fellow Spartacus producers Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.


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