Hollywood Grabs Noir


Hollywood is planning a TV drama remake of classic 2001 assassin anime Noir.

The adaptation is being developed by US cable network Starz, with the project being produced by Sam Raimi, whose direction and production credits include Evil Dead, the Spider-Man films, Hercules, Xena, and Spartacus, and Robert Tapert, also involved in the likes of Hercules and Xena.

The series is to be written by Stephen Lightfoot, best known for “House of Saddam.” Just to what extent the series will resemble the original beyond almost certainly featuring two pretty ladies with guns and a serious problem is not known.

Whilst Hollywood’s reputation for anime adaptations could hardly be worse, credible production staff and source material which is closer to standard Hollywood fare than most anime classics suggest the production may yet meet with fan approval, or at least be ignored without undue rancour.

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    Avatar of Taiga-sama
    Comment by Taiga-sama
    22:44 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    oh no, another hollywood crap ... but wait, tv drama ? interesting ....

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    23:04 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hollywood crap sadly is better than the sitcom-TV-boring crap nowadays. TV is extremely anemic right now.

    REALLY weird adaptation news. Just weird.

    Kinda sad that it'd likely mean there won't be any patented anime pantyshots and the child-assassin will likely be replaced by an adult. An adult male...

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    23:22 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I guess having two female assassins will be the only resemblance to the original. It will take place in the USA, one girl will be black. Instead of the cool classical score they will have rap and the story will be some sort of gang war. Ugh.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    23:32 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They won't be female assassins anymore. One of them will be an extremely muscly guy and the other one will be Zac Efron.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    23:44 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Dwayne Johnson as brainless hulk who assraeps Efron, the emo boy who cuts himself? ugh.

    23:43 12/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Then it will be called BL assassins.

    Avatar of Myballz
    Comment by Myballz
    00:33 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Lindsay Lohan better not get the part...

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'd watch it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 14/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should watch The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, or the sadly cancelled Jericho and The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I have seen honestly more good series from USA than people want to credit it for.

    Regarding Noir, it's a mix of caution and curiosity. Caution because of the possible adaptation decay, curiosity because Raimi is producing it. And Hollywood have more hawt blondes than Japan can hope for. Also, seeing that the guy behind Hercules and Xena is involved, I will be more than optmistic about them keeping the homoerotism of the original anime.

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    22:55 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Drama like b-TV Hercules and Xena, not exactly top class TV there.

    Avatar of Neonie
    Comment by Neonie
    23:42 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Fuck westerners fucking with anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 13/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ITT: Sankaku Complex users race to be the first to declare the utter suckitude of everything ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 13/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They should stick with the MARVEL stuff.
    ie. Xmen, Ironmen, Fantastic men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    lol @ the anon before me, spoken with true words.

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    Comment by CowExtract
    04:39 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol @ "suckitude." That comment is going into my favorite quotes on my facebook page. I'm also adding suckitude to my large vocabulary list of unusual, and uterly useless words.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To be fair, Raimi didn't have the clout to get a high budget in the Xeno/evil dead days.

    Hes got talent, and he knows how to work source material. Have the cast and crew watch the Professional a few times, and keep in a little of the Xena/Gabby lesbianism undertones, and I think he could it well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Xena? Hercules? Fuck Holywood!

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    Comment by KoollKat
    22:58 12/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will be a comedy.

    23:38 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Noir warrior assassin better not happen Hollywood.

    Avatar of Kwonnie
    Comment by Kwonnie
    04:02 13/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hollywood ran out of ideas so they're adapting every Japanese anime and game they can find. They're already remaking every damned thing left and right.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    23:46 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They better not turn it into yaoi!

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    23:39 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    There better hints of yuri at least...

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    23:17 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Don't raep one of my favorites! -_-

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    23:08 12/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    and the joke will be on us... I am expecting mortal kombat quality with guns... and I don't mean the movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Noir- Another high school drama filled with gun action.

    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    02:25 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    its official: hollywood is dead to me now -_-

    23:57 12/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then it will be just a shitty show not a adaptation.

    Avatar of Ghost Dog
    Comment by Ghost Dog
    23:07 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There in no shortage of source material in America. We have a massive supply of comic book, graphic novels, and all types of fiction.

    These people only take ideas from Japan to attract more viewers, partly because of articles like this.

    Everything is about generating attention in Hollywood.

    Comment by Pyrolight
    07:31 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sam Raimi could pull it off. He is one of the better people to try in Hollywood.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh noez! Another High School drama with sex, guns, and assassins!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 13/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    ...which will close the circle cos noir was hogwash to begin with...

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    Most anime is not exactly top class TV either - recall that these shows usually air in the early hours of the morning.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    23:40 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "All these reality news are depressing me."
    QFT, needs more anime and 2D stuff, 3D is fail - at least some cosplayers are ok = 2.5D :)

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    23:16 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The airing time really only indicates the audience size/demographics not the quality.

    Avatar of fxc2
    Comment by fxc2
    23:35 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    All these reality news are depressing me. Don't you have any more of that bukkake stuff or something?

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    23:06 12/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yes but this was not exactly bleach or one piece

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    either way, we need our own psychotic otaku division

    guys in charge of death threat letters and youtube producer decapitations

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    00:08 13/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    What fxc2 said.

    Don't want to hear about fails for a while.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    03:25 13/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Air time =/= quality

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    23:12 12/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    "Most anime is not exactly top class TV either"

    - you mean not mainstream ? :)

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    02:50 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Anon at 00:21 has got it right.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    04:37 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "making Anime mainstream"
    - unfortunately it would mean making more shitty animes like Naruto and producing more narutards
    - if anime as it is would have mainstream potentiality it would be already mainstream

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    01:36 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Marimite aired in the morning...

    Avatar of moqadmodar
    Comment by moqadmodar
    15:51 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    just look what they did to kamen rider ryuuki

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 14/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Maderlulz, OH hell NO, I've alreadt stood by and watched gaming become mainstream. Result: 90% of the released games are crap or brilliant classics that were rehashed into crap ruining years of reputation and fandom. Over my dead body that I will let that happen to anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "even stronger chances with haters raising their kids to hate "Japanese cartoons". "
    That could never backfire on them.

    Avatar of Maderlulz
    Comment by Maderlulz
    06:34 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being on the internet Anime is everywhere and seems mainstream to some degree at least larger than cult flick followers, with an age demographic from teens to adults who lived in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Anime had a strong influence on our upbringings. Those adults have children expose them to their interests and hobbies it is passed to the next generation with 2x the chance of potential to increase popularity even stronger chances with haters raising their kids to hate "Japanese cartoons". Remember it's not the content of the entertainment it's how it's manipulated with the popularity it gains.

    Avatar of Maderlulz
    Comment by Maderlulz
    04:08 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't you get it? Hollywood is making shitty anime adapted live action movies to enslave more brainless hipsters, milking them to in turn make a profit. Thus making Anime mainstream and ultimately helping Japan's economy. No, I haven't watched Noir. I noticed the opinions about the anime varies person to person here.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    23:22 12/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Hollywood better NOT screw this anime, or else we will riot!

    Avatar of Indofag
    Comment by Indofag
    01:14 13/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Sorry, but according to my well carefully and scientifically approved research statistics the chance of Hollywood screwing this one is 140%.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Over 9000 percentttt!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    math is hard

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think a riot would be in order if they do screw this up.
    I am guessing that they will take out the lesbianism, the back story, the complex plot, make Yumura older, and change the ending so that there will be a possibility to make a sequel. Effectively making this a mix between "Selma and Louise" and "Die Hard". Ugh, Sam Raimi why did you have to sell out?
    Just be happy that this will fail and they won't move onto other anime like "Serial Experiments Lain".

    Avatar of moqadmodar
    Comment by moqadmodar
    15:55 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Look people, this show was never meant for us anyway. It's gonna be your momma's sunday favorite.

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    Comment by alvin_03
    23:30 12/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea rite !! They dont give a a shit about anything we say ... Almost all of their remakes are equally crappy !!
    They would jux reply by making another classic much anime into some crappy ass hour and half movie! N the best part is u or me would go watch it hopping it would somehow watch it !

    Avatar of TFish
    Comment by TFish
    12:56 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Blood the last vampire movie was in my opinion more entertaining than the anime movie that it was based on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I felt a chill running down my spine...

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    Comment by giascle
    18:55 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This isn't Hollywood in any way. Starz is a movie channel that produces very little actual content, and just shows the movies that actually ARE made in Hollywood. Also, they own Manga Entertainment, so it's not like anime is some foreign concept to them. Throw in Sam Raimi, and I have quite a bit of hope for this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 12/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Still No. This is Hollywood quality you are thinking about. Expect no respect for the source material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 12/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The ones in power in the US never had respect for anything or anyone but themselves.

    Regardless of the technical advantage they have over the Japanese, trust me that the inevitable rewriting of the script to 'fit US audience' will be the start of its fail.

    I bet though that the original makers don't give fuck about it. They must've been paid cold hard cash(for both copyright AND for shutting up), and people are still gonna regard theirs as better.

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    Comment by Renzo
    01:36 13/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    TV Drama Noir adaptation ? let's see how it'd be unveiled :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 14/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a reason all these hollywood movies based on anime are NEVER made..

    Because it's a stupid idea, and the financing of it never goes through because their not crazy..

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    Comment by TheBeast

    the anime sucked, the live action will suck.

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