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Posted 9/29/17 , edited 9/30/17
http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/09/28/sword-art-online-tomb-raider-writers-to-produce-live-action-tv-series


BY ALEX OSBORN Patrick Massett and John Zinman have signed a multi-year deal with Skydance Television to work on a number of projects, including the live-action Sword Art Online TV series.

As reported by Deadline, Massett and Zinman will write, executive produce and serve as showrunners on Skydance's upcoming television adaptation of the popular Japanese light novel and anime series.

"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," Skydance Television president Marcy Ross said.

Alita: Battle Angel and Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis will write the pilot episode with Massett and Zinman, and will also serve as an executive producer, alongside Ross, Dana Goldberg and David Ellison from Skydance.

Massett and Zinman wrote the screenplay for the 2001 Angelia Jolie-led movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and have served as executive producers multiple TV shows, including Friday Night Lights and The Blacklist.

Skydance acquired the global live-action rights Sword Art Online last year and announced plans to produce a live-action adaptation that follows series protagonist Kirito, who must work with his friends to fight for survival after finding himself trapped in a virtual reality online RPG.


So, what do you guys think? My opinion? I fear that with the titular game, Sword Art Online, being unique in the larger universe for having a fantasy world where magic does not largely exist, but swords do as a means for combat, which has me considering that they may make and change it in a vein largely similar to the Game Of Thrones television series.

I checked the Skydance company, and they are a "Skydance Media is an American film and television production company based at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California."
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funny you use the word titular.


Will there be Asuna titty?
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Posted 9/29/17 , edited 9/30/17

Yamstarch wrote:

funny you use the word titular.


Will there be Asuna titty?


*Wonders who will play Asuna then
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this has been anounced a very long time ago - at least as early as August of last year.
maybe we'll see some spectacular sword fighting. they'll probably skip the fan service nonsense, which is nice.
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this has been anounced a very long time ago - at least as early as August of last year.
maybe we'll see some spectacular sword fighting. they'll probably skip the fan service nonsense, which is nice.


Huh, was there a thread I missed, or did the SAO fandom's presence die harder than I thought? In any case, wouldn't this be more official than trying to pitch an idea, or holding rights that will never be used?
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It depends on how close they stick to the source material. In this case, the farther they stray from it the more chance of success this is going to have.

Let's face it, whether you love it or hate it, SAO is undoubtedly a wish fulfillment power fantasy, if you try to make a tv series that completely focuses on that, it will come off as the trashiest thing ever. It will pretty much be the second coming of Twilight.

On the other hand if they simply take the setting, clean it up, and then rework the rest of the story without trying to parallel events in the anime, it could prove to be very interesting. I think Lost may be a good show to turn to for reference, at least some of the earlier seasons of lost.
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Isn't Ready Player One a little SAO like?
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did the SAO fandom's presence die harder than I thought?

SAO fandom and hatedom is so strong, they managed to keep a thread back from 2014 alive, with 65 pages worth of response.
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xxJing wrote:

the more chance of success this is going to have.


it will come off as the trashiest thing ever. It will pretty much be the second coming of Twilight.


I fail to see how these are mutually exclusive.

Although I agree that it would be better if it tried separating itself from the original story. Netflix tried to do that with Death Note and it could've worked, but their execution was just awful. Hopefully that doesn't discourage competent writers from trying to put their own touch on lackluster stories.
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Although I agree that it would be better if it tried separating itself from the original story.


it would be interesting to see SAO with Klein as the main protagonist instead. from what i heard/remember, he's considered one of the best characters in the original series.
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Isn't Ready Player One a little SAO like?


A big thing in SAO, at least originally, was that the players were stranded in the game environment and it was supposed to be about how the community thrived in this environment (though it ended up being mostly about Kirito amassing a harem, but there were still elements of the whole survival thing).

Ready Player One seems to me more like the Matrix. A future dystopia that forced people into an online environment because the real world sucked.
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Do you think if we let these fail badly enough, Hollywood will eventually stop lifting content from Japan or nah?
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Posted 9/29/17 , edited 9/30/17
Probably going to be a in name only adaptation......sword art online game...players trapped in a death game by the creator....all new characters with more focus on the drama and survival of the death game.....will be interesting to see how they do it....will it have human based npcs and people in make up....or will they shell out for the cgi.

Might not have the problem of the anime...which was welding together a single story and short stories or they could work from the additional better stories told in progressive.
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