Kadokawa is teaming up with Skydance Television to adapt Reki Kawahara’s popular light novel series, Sword Art Online, into a live-action TV show. Now, Skydance Television has revealed who will be producing the series for TV, and they are Patrick Massett and John Zinman.

The two of them will not only be serving as executive producers for the live-action Sword Art Online TV series, but also as writers and showrunners. In addition, Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Altered Carbon) will write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

“Patrick and John have shown incredible range in their storytelling capabilities, from subtle character drama to big, world-building action, and we are beyond fortunate that they have joined the Skydance family,” said Skydance Television president Marcy Ross. “We’re already deep in development with Patrick, John and Laeta on our larger-than-life Skydance SAO series in which we aim not only to satisfy the franchise’s enthusiastic sci-fi and anime fan base but also to appeal to new TV audiences the world over.”

“The fantastical world of SAO offers an unparalleled opportunity to tell stories that resonate on both an epic and human scale. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Skydance and Laeta to help us bring this global pop culture phenomenon to new life on television,” said Massett and Zinman in a joint statement. 

Aside from the live-action SAO series, Skydance also plans to launch a Sword Art Online virtual reality experience through the company’s interactive arm. Skydance Media CEO David Ellison has said ““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,” and added that  “We look forward to working alongside Laeta, Reki Kawahara and the teams at Kadowawa 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.”

Meanwhile, writer Kalogridis said that “For years I have been inspired by the inventive and masterful storytelling of the SAO franchise, ’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.”

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Source: Hollywood Reporter


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