Sword Art Online Being Developed into a Live-Action TV Series. The world of Sword Art Online is about to come to life thanks to Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. The popular anime series is getting the Hollywood treatment as it is being developed into a live-action TV series.
According to a press release, Skydance Media purchased the global rights to the hit manga and anime series with plans to fast-track it into development. Screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Terminator Genisys) will write the pilot episode while also serving as an executive producer alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross. Sword Art Online has become a global phenomenon after launching 22 light novels, two anime TV series, nine comic books, a video game, and an upcoming animated film releasing in 2017.
“At Skydance we are in the business of world-building and SAO is a massive pop-culture phenomenon from which we plan to launch a full-scale and wide-ranging set of live action franchise extensions across our business verticals, beginning with television,” said Skydance Media CEO David Ellison. “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.”
“For years I have been inspired by the inventive and masterful storytelling of the SAO franchise,” Kalogridis added. “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 takes place in the future where gaming has become far more advanced as we enter the age of virtual reality. Gaming is now played through a NerveGear, a helmet that stimulates the five senses through access of a player’s brain, thus allowing them to control their avatar with their mind. The story follows beta tester Kirito who, with thousands of other players, gets trapped inside an online RPG virtual reality game with no escape, as they are unable to logout of their avatars. In order to escape, Kirito and his friends must complete the game and defeat the final boss, who is actually the creator of the game and the one responsible for trapping every player inside his game.
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