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US TV Channel's Live Action Remake of Anime Noir Revealed

by dtshyk
Nov 11, 2010 11:44 PM | 44 Comments
According to Hollywood Reporter, US pay TV company Startz is developing a live action remake of anime Noir. The executive producers are Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man"), Robert Tapert and Stephen Lightfoot, who also writes the script.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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This is a series not a movie so this will I either suck or rock. I will wait before I give my response Cause I thought Dragonball Evolution was gonna be good cause of the trailer. But then I found it sucked and I am glad I never saw it.

Jan 25, 2012 3:08 PM by Setsuna200

From the comments on the first page alone, people seem to think this is going to be a live action movie. While those inherently suck, from the fact that a TV channel is making it, doesn't that mean this will be a series? That means that there will be time to do the storyline instead of cutting out the important bits for meaningless crap or just writing a shorter, extremely crap story while using character names. For all purposes, if it's gonna be a live action TV series, it has every opportunity to be good, whereas movies find themselves extremely limited.

Nov 13, 2010 9:01 PM by chinlamp

I'm looking forward to this.

I still have to watch Noir though...

Nov 13, 2010 8:44 PM by FoolishBandit

Sucrose said:
Gwyneth Paltrow.

Considering this is tv series and not a movie, they won't cast that name or anyone else from big movies.

It might get some of high-names, because Starz is, frankly just as big as HBO and Showtime.

Considering this involves Sam Raimi, it will obviously contain Lucy Lawless (best known as Third Cylon in Battlestar Galactica remake and Xena in Xena), because most of his works contained her in some form or role.

MOst of the cast will probably be your susual Vancouver/Toronto casting pool + some relatively big names.

Nov 13, 2010 1:51 PM by Fai

Hmm, this'll save me the trouble of trying to steal it from my cousin's cupboard, I can watch the live action.
Keep hearing how this is a good anime series though, so meh, never know..?
Lol, imagine if they cast someone liek Gwyneth Paltrow.

And when the hell is Cowboy Bebop coming? ._.

Nov 13, 2010 12:10 AM by Sucrose

I liked Noir so I will give the live action look.

Nov 12, 2010 11:25 PM by StarfishTwinkle

Without Yuki Kajiura's soundtrack, in my opinion, the remake is not going to hold a flame to the original. Don't have to think about it twice.

Nov 12, 2010 7:22 PM by Sir_Inqed

dillian said:
I am the only one who is excited over this news?

I don't expect it to be the exact thing as the original though.

btw forgive my ignorance is this a movie or a tv series?

Tv series thus it's called remake.Still I'd prefer to call it an adaptation.

Nov 12, 2010 6:41 PM by bergil

cyruz said:
Just the thought of the epicness that is Noir being defiled by something like Live Action makes me sick. :x

My thoughts exactly.

Nov 12, 2010 6:24 PM by Panaru

we'll see how this goes...

Nov 12, 2010 4:20 PM by CrystalLake

This actually might not go so poorly, and it won't be because of Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Those two raped pillaged and burned Legend of the Seeker to the ground with Disney ABC's help.

It has the possibility of going well, because it is being done by Starz (who've been doing pretty great with shows like Spartacus Blood & Sand, and the adaptation of Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth).

Starz will have no huge incentive to dramatically alter the content like a syndicated television network would, or have to dumb down content for a pg rating like a major movie studio dealing with an anime would.

I'll keep my fingers crossed, but not necessarily hold my breath. I just hope they keep Kirika as a young Japanese girl.

Nov 12, 2010 2:30 PM by Shizuru

Have yet to watch the anime, but this DO NOT want.
They will most probably change a lot of the plot as well its Sam Raimi after all...

Nov 12, 2010 1:32 PM by Aozure

Noir is one of the few animes that I think can have a GOOD American movie adaptation.

Nov 12, 2010 12:44 PM by TR_Purin

hmmm, could awesome if done well

Nov 12, 2010 12:16 PM by Yonatay

alexcampos said:
I think Noir is a very underrated anime, it had great music, and a pretty good story which unfortunately did not come across as well as it should have because they were stuck with an idiotic studio which didn't show blood...

It's called censorship.

And don't get too excited about Sam Rami. Oh yes I think he is a fine director, but that's just that, a director. Assuming this is a TV series of some kind (being Starz) Rami is the Executive Producer. Generally in the world of Television the Executive Producer is the one who charges the project (like a chief director would on an anime)

But 9/10 times the executive producer is the one who actually created the series to begin with. When someone like Sam Raimi or Jerry Bruckheimer Executive produces a series they really get a network interested and see to it that the polite episode is made and after that they don't do anything with the series.

Nov 12, 2010 11:19 AM by ShadowBlazer3000

This could be good. It is an anime that can be made into a realistic live action series. I think there are better series they could do (Monster) but I will definitely check this out.

Nov 12, 2010 11:14 AM by DragoZERO


Nov 12, 2010 10:53 AM by Neverarine

I think Noir is a very underrated anime, it had great music, and a pretty good story which unfortunately did not come across as well as it should have because they were stuck with an idiotic studio which didn't show blood...

Nov 12, 2010 9:42 AM by JustALEX

live action and sam raimi

this could work

Nov 12, 2010 9:36 AM by Lordcrab86

Sam Raimi, the master of making stuff that doesn't put me to sleep, adapting Noir, an anime that came close to putting me to sleep MANY times? Sold.

Besides, Noir could easily work in live-action. I mean, the anime series itself wasn't that animated to begin with...

Nov 12, 2010 9:13 AM by CCZilla

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