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Starz gives series order to ‘Noir’

Series based on Japanese anime skein

Starz is ramping up its originals with a greenlight to series of “Noir.”

Skein, about female assassins who fight a secret society but, ultimately, might have to kill one another, is a live-action adaptation of a Japanese anime series.

Project comes from Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, who have a history at Starz with the “Spartacus” franchise. They will exec produce with writer Steven Lightfoot, Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

Under topper Chris Albrecht, Starz is trying to add series that put it on a level quantity-wise with its pay cable rivals Showtime and HBO. Kelsey Grammer starrer “Boss,” about an infirm Chicago mayor who feels like he has more enemies than friends, will debut in October. Starz produces the series with Lionsgate.

Arriving in 2012 is “Magic City,” which centers on the Miami scene of the late 1950s when the mob began to infiltrate the area and Fidel Castro was taking over nearby Cuba. Mitch Glazer conceived the idea for the series and exec produces with Geyer Kosinski.

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