Starz Picks Up Sam Raimi’s ‘Noir’

The director of "Spider-Man" and "Evil Dead" will adapt the Japanese animated series into a live action show.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in November, Sam Raimi signed a deal with Starz to develop the Japanese Anime, "Noir" as a potential live action series. Now, several months later, the project is officially going ahead.

According to Deadline, Starz has given a greenlight for "Noir." Although the specific length of the first season wasn't mentioned, it's expected to be at least eight or ten episodes.

Created by Ryoe Tsukimura, "Noir" debuted in Japan in 2001 and the original series followed two female assassins who discover that they are somehow linked together while battling a secret organization called Les Soldats. The two women agree to work together under the codename "Noir," but only until they can discover how they're connected… or until they killed each other.

Raimi and his production partner Rob Tapert will both serve as executive producers on "Noir," as they already do for Starz' hit "Spartacus" franchise; which will return with a third season dubbed "Spartacus: Vengeance" in early 2012. Raimi actually has a long history of producing television shows, starting with "M.A.N.T.I.S." in 1994; which was followed by "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," "American Gothic," "Timecop," "Jack of All Trades" and "Cleopatra 2525."

Steven Lightfoot ("Criminal Justice") wrote the pilot episode of Starz' adaptation of "Noir" and will also be an executive producer on the series with Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm. A small writing team is also reportedly being assembled for the show.

A start date for "Noir" has not yet been set, but given Starz' eagerness to challenge HBO and other cable networks, a 2012 debut seems likely.

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