American Sword Art Online fans rejoice! Skydance Media has just announced that a live action Sword Art Online American television show is in the works.
Skydance has acquired the global live action rights to the famous Japanese novel and anime franchise, “Sword Art Online,” and will begin their partnership with KADOKAWA Corporation to produce the first-ever live action series of SAO.
Laeta Kalogridis, who has previously worked on “Avatar,” “Shutter Island” and “Terminator Genisys” will be working on the screenplay for the show’s pilot episode and will also act as executive producer along with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
“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,” Skydance Media Chief Executive Officer David Ellison said in a statement on the company’s website.
“We look forward to working alongside Laeta, Reki Kawahara and the teams at KADOKAWA and Aniplex to built out a deeply immersive new universe of SAO in an authentic way that honors its well-established fan base around the globe,” Ellison said.
According to the statement, Kaogridis has been inspired for years by the “inventive and masterful storytelling of the SAO franchise” and is thrilled to be able to participate in bringing “this cutting-edge yet timeless story to a new format at Skydance.”
Plans to create a SAO viritual reality experience through Skydance Interactive is also in the works. This new format for SAO comes after the announcement of a new arc being created for the light novel series and a full-length featured film that is scheduled for release at select theaters in 2017.
As of this moment, Skydance Media has not responded to our request for comment.
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