Sword Art Online! Also known as SAO, it is a franchise in Japan similar to Harry Potter and like Harry Potter, it is a franchise with its foot in various media. Starting out as a series of books, it became an anime, anime movies, manga, video games, and now…a live-action television series!
What’s more is that it is going to be an American TV series!
American independent production company Skydance Television just announced it got the global live-action television rights for the SAO and is now planning to launch of a live-action television series based on the main SAO story. Usually, plans like these die in development hell but it seems Skydance is on the fast-track, especially if the upcoming live-action movies of Alita: Battle Angel and Ghost in the Shell are successful.
Honestly, I’m kind of surprised at this news. A live-action television series based on a Japanese franchise that is about a group of gamers trapped in a virtual-reality, massively multi-player online (MMO) world where they can died for real? Sounds like a stretch, but I hope they can do it and make it a success.