SKYDANCE MEDIA, an American multifaceted media company founded in 2010, announced that it purchased the worldwide filming rights for Sword Art Online, supported by Kadokawa Corporation.
The original online light novel series has already been made into a comic, an anime series as well as a video game. This spring, the first anime movie of the franchise “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” will be released on screen.
SKYDANCE MEDIA has already started developing the project. It will air as a TV drama series that will faithfully follow the original story. For the pilot episode they hired the famous Greek-American scriptwriter and producer Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis. She is best known for her writing work in Shutter Island, Avatar, and Terminator Genisys.
In addition to the TV drama series, SKYDANCE MEDIA is planning to launch a virtual reality experience based on Sword Art Online through Skydance Interactive.
We made sure to get some official comments on this live action version from the original author Reki Kawahara, the screenwriter Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis, and SKYDANCE MEDIA’s CEO, David Ellison.
– Reki Kawahara
“I am super excited and happy about this unexpected news. I really can’t wait to see the live action version of my novel!
I am grateful to all those involved in this unbelievable project as well as all the fans in the world who have been supporting Sword Art Online up until now!”
– Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis
“Over many years, I have been highly inspired by the Sword Art Online series’ distinctively outstanding story line.
I am very delighted to be able to produce Sword Art Online’s fantastic story as a new series at SKYDANCE and work with many brilliant partners.”
– David Ellison
“In SKYDANCE, we have been dedicated to world-creating VR business and thus, we are now planning on new live action experiences following this TV drama version.
I’m pretty sure “Sword Art Online” will bring about a huge pop culture phenomenon. Now I’d like to pay my respects to all the Sword Art Online fans in the world and I’m excited to create a brand-new Sword Art Online world together with Laeta, Kawahara, and the outstanding teams from KADOKAWA and ANIPLEX.”
“Sword Art Online THE MOVIE – Ordinal Scale – ”
Roadshow theatrical release in Japan, in 2017 spring
Distributed by: Aniplex Inc.
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