Skydance Television recently partnered with Kadokawa Corp. to acquire full rights to the Japanese novel and anime franchise Sword Art Online. According to the report, the Sword Art Online Live-Action adaptation is created in order to promote the anime and novel series and it has Laeta Kalogridis of Avatar to write the script and it will produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Marcy Ross and Dana Goldberg.
The Sword Art Online series has seen 22 books published by Kodakawa and authored by Reki Kawahara. 19 million copies of the novel were sold since its launching in 2009. It also released nine comic adaptations in its lifetime and its videogame version sold almost 2 million copies and was 9 million times downloaded. Sword Art Online has two anime adaptations on its cap exclusively distributed by Aniplex.
Since March of 2014, Sword Art Online has been streamed on Netflix and it?s another animated film entitled Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale that is scheduled for release in Japan next year.
The synopsis of the Sword Art Online Live-Action adaptation says ?a brilliant young beta tester Kirito and his group of friends when they are trapped ? alongside 10,000 other people ? in a next-generation virtual reality online role-playing game. The game is a world unto itself: filled with sword fighting, monsters, magic and mystery, where the stakes are life and death. Kirito and an ensemble of diverse characters must fight their way through this hostile environment while making lives for themselves in the fantastical world that is Sword Art Online.”
Kalogridis on the other hand expressed her interest on the Sword Art Online Live-Action adaptation saying ?For years I have been inspired by the inventive and masterful storytelling of the SAO franchise. I?m thrilled to get the opportunity to work with such talented partners to bring this cutting-edge yet timeless story to a new format at Skydance.?
Have you watched the anime of Sword Art Online lately? Are you looking forward to watch the series soon?