14 November, 2010

NEWS: Hollywood Has A Go At A Favorite Anime Of Mine...

Kirika & Mireille from Noir 
I am excited about something that came across my radar the other day and at the same time thinking please god, do not let them screw it up! The website Hollywood Reporter ran an article about an upcoming project that the Starz Network has in the works. The project is turning one of my favorite anime’s NOIR into a live action television series.

Noir is a brilliant anime about two female assassins named Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika who set out on a journey to figure out the mysteries of their past. The action in this anime is amazing; the sound track is one of the best scores I have ever heard damn near rivaling the best Hollywood block busters! The story oh man the story is gripping, intelligently written keeping you immersed and wanting to know what happens next to the young women. When it all ties together it is a masterpiece of Japanese animation!

So as from what I stated above you would think I would be loving the idea of mainstream America being exposed to this genius work but, I am kind of up in the air on this and I will give you some reasons why. My first reason for being a little worried is that Hollywood has a track record of destroying things I love. The Dragon Ball live action movie was so bad I wanted to drive to California and smack everyone who had a hand in its defilement and the families of the people as well! Speed Racer was horrific, the Street Fighter movies where unbearable and the list goes on and on of anime/video games projects that Hollywood has turned into a steaming pile of fail. But there may be a silver lining to Noir being made and I will tell you why.
The people attached to the project are pretty good at what they do. The show is being produced by the people who produce the Spartacus: Blood and Sand Television Series, which in my opinion is a decent show with good action scenes which could translate well to an adaptation of Noir which has some spectacular gun fights. A Hollywood big gun also said to be a part of the project is Mr. Sam Raimi. Who has directed The Spider-Man trilogy, the cult classics Evil Dead 1 & 2 and Army Of Darkness, The Quick And The Dead, along with television series’ Xenia: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Also Raimi frequently collaborates with Joel and Ethan Coen whose lists of amazing movies are staggering. (Fargo, O’ Brother Where Art Thou?, the Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men) There is no proof that the Coen brother will be a part of the Noir project but from their history with Raimi there may be a chance that they will lend a hand.

So with all that being said I am hopeful that the series will be amazing. But I was also the same way with the Dragon Ball movie and that was such a tremendous letdown. So I will keep my finger crossed and pray that this time Hollywood gets it right and remembers why the show is being made in the first place. Without the people who made it popular and the genius writing of the people behind the story, this project would never have seen the light of day. The story is strong enough to bring in new fans so Hollywood please stay true to the story line and don’t take to many liberties with things and the fans will be happy. So on that note until next time Otaku, Sayonara!!!

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