Independent production company Skydance Television is bringing the Japanese novel and anime series to television. A recent report revealed the company has acquired the global rights for the Sword Art Online live-action series. This is in partnership with Kadokawa Corp.
With Avatar‘s Laeta Kalogridis penning the script, Skydance aims to introduce the live-action adaptation of the anime as a franchise title. In a statement given by Skydance Media CEO David Ellison, he said, ?We look forward to working alongside Laeta, Reki Kawahara and the teams at Kadokawa and Aniplex to build out a deeply immersive new universe of SAO in an authentic way that honors its well-established fan base around the globe.?
Kalogridis, on the other hand, said she has always been fascinated by how the Sword Art Online franchise unraveled its stories. ?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.?
Sword Art Online Live-Action Adaptation
The possible coming Sword Art Online live-action adaptation will tell the story of Kirito. He is a beta tester who gets trapped in the world of more than 10,000 people. Alongside his friends, they need to get out of the chaotic situation. This is while fighting to build their own lives inside the virtual reality online role-playing game. Fighting battles that deal with magic, swords and monsters, Kirito and his friends biggest challenge yet is to get out of the game alive.
Meanwhile, season 3 of the Sword Art Online anime is also set to air soon, with the movie coming out in 2017. The anime series is based on the 22 books by author Reki Kawahara. Over 19 million copies have been sold since its first printing in 2009. The franchise has also inspired at least 9 comic book series. It has also spawned its own videogame that successfully sold 2 million copies in its lifetime. A total of 12 million downloads was also recorded for the videogame version of Sword Art Online.
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