Do We Really Need an American Live Action SAO?

You didn’t ask for this. I didn’t ask for this, but apparently someone did.  Skydance Media (Star Trek Beyond) announced today that they have acquired the global live action rights to the still popular light-novel-turned-anime Sword Art Online, with the intention of making it into a TV series.

For those who aren’t familiar Sword Art Online follows a group of young people trapped inside a fantasy-based MMORPG where Game Over means you actually die. Obviously, this is not the first series to use this premise, but its certainly one of most popular and has spawned tons of imitations in recent anime. That said, I’m having trouble not seeing this as silly. Honestly, when I hear this idea, the best case scenario I can imagine is The Guild trying to take itself seriously. Add in the cringe-inducing idea of harem anime elements done with real people, and this just feels uncomfortable, but its not up to me. There it is, whether you want it or not.

The pilot is being written by Laeta Kalongridis, the executive producer on Birds of Prey so there’s that too.

Look out for live action Sword Art Online in the near future.

via: Anime News Network

Nick Izumi

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