Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert Putting Some Life Into Noir
By Alex Cranz
Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert have created two of my favorite shows ever: Xena:Warrior Princess and Spartacus. Guys know how to make historically inaccurate, but seriously fun television programming.
Starz agrees which is why they’ve picked up the fellas’ (along with Camelot writer Steve Lightfoot) pitch for a live-action adaptation of Noir to hopefully premiere next year.
Noir, for those of you who don’t watch anime, was the first of Bee Train Animation’s “Girls With Guns” trilogy. It’s about a bad ass lady assassin who ends up befriending this idiot girl assassin and they get involved in some conspiracies and have lots of Xena level subtext–though it’s not nearly as Xenariffic or gay as El Cazador de Bruja.
The original Noir was a pretty great show and kind of groundbreaking because it was a straight up “girls with guns” anime but it also took time to kind of explore the tropes of the genre. It also had the most irritating dub ever. Seriously. That one chick would say ”noir” and give it like forty syllables. The word “noir” does not have that many syllables lady! Thankfully Youtube has the ENTIRE show available in sub format right now so you can go watch and be all in the know when the live-action adaptation premieres.
How excited are you about this? I’m pretty stoked and am busy fancasting it in my head. Who should play whom and what role will Tapert make available to his wife, Lucy Lawless?