American production company Skydance Media, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, has announced that they have acquired global rights for the upcoming Sword Art Online live-action TV series, which will be adapted from the original light novel. Film producer and executive producer Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) will write the script for the TV series. Miki Kazuma, editor of the light novel, mentioned that Kadokawa and Aniplex will release this news in Japan tomorrow morning.
The light novel, which is written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec, has been publishing since April 2009 and currently has 17 volumes in-print. It has been adapted into two TV anime series by A-1 Pictures. The first season was broadcast for two cours in Summer 2012, followed by a TV special in December 2013. The second season broadcast in 2014. In addition to the anime adaptation, the series has received multiple manga adaptations by various artists. A movie is expected to premiere in Japan on February 18, 2017.
The series charted in the first half of the yearly manga and light novel rankings, selling a total of 489,374 copies, the second-to-most sales per series, while the 4th volume of Sword Art Online: Progressive was the most sold light novel volume with a total of 284,686 copies. Yen Press licensed the light novel and Aniplex of America licensed each of the TV series, as well as the special, for North American release.
"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine"
When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one
For the Union makes us strong
WHAT'S NEXT JAPAN ?!
HUNTER X HUNTER LIVE ACTION ?!
TOKYO GHOUL LIVE ACION ?! (ACTUALLY THEY ARE PLANNING TO MAKE IT)
TTGL LIVE ACTION ?!
FMA LIVE ACTION ?! STEINS;GATE LIVE ACTION ?! Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu ?! CLANNAD ?! NOT ONLY AOT LIVE ACTION IS SO SO SO FREAKING BAD AND NOW....YOU ARE PLANNING TO MAKE SAO LIVE ACTION WHICH MANY MANY MANY ANIME FANS FROM WEST DISLIKE AND HATE ?!
IS THIS THE END OF THE ANIME ?! SERIOUSLY. I MEAN, I DON'T WANT TO INSLUT A PERSON'S TASTE BUT THIS TIME I CAN'T LET IT ASIDE BECAUSE IT'S TOO FUCKING WEIRD. WITH THE CG AND ACT THAT JAPAN HAVE FOR LIVE ACTION...IT'S FREAKING IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!! DON'T TELL ME JUST FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY THEY ARE DOING THIS ?! MONEY ?! AGAIN ?! SERIOUSLY ?! I HATE THAT A LOT!
I DON'T KNOW PEOPLE'S OUTSIDE JAPAN THOUGHT ON JAPANESE ACTORS ACTING IN LIVE ACTION FILM BUT TO ME, I THINK IT'S SO BAD THAT I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE WATCHING IT. BUT STILL, THAT'S JUST MY OPINION. JUST A PERSON OPINION WOULD EVEN BUDGE IT. SO I WONDER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK ON JAPANESE LIVE ACTION ACTOR....
Given past live action adaptations of famous anime series, this one is probably not going to fare out well. That being said, seeing how faithful the series will turn out in comparison to the original anime series as well as the possibility of a certain scenes here and there make this not entirely a lost cause for me.