Sword Art Online Live-Action Series Gets New Writers

The live-action adaptation of the popular anime has new writers!

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Tomb Raider Writers Join Live-Action Version Of Sword Art Online!

Tomb Raider Writers Join Live-Action Version Of Sword Art Online!

It was recently announced that the popular Japanese anime Sword Art Online was becoming a live-action series. Now, it has been confirmed by Deadline that Skydance Television has hired the screenwriters of Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to pen the series. According to the reports, Patrick Massett and John Zinman have been hired to script the episodes of Sword Art Online. The pair are best-known for penning Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and executive producing Friday Night Lights. The two will serve as screenwriters as well as showrunners and executive producers on the the live-action anime adaptation. Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) was the first screenwriter to join the project, and producers David Ellison, Dana Goldbert, and Marcy Ross will also oversee the series.

The news was released alongside a comment from Skydance Television president Marcy Ross who said, "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’s CEO David Elison has said it would be a “full-scale and wide-ranging set of live action franchise extensions across our business verticals.”

Sword Art Online was created by Reki Kawahara and has an anime with two complete seasons under its belt. The story follows a boy named Kirito after he and thousands of gamers get trapped in a virtual reality video game known as Sword Art Online. The gamers must band together to defeat the game’s final level to escape, but Kirito and his guild learn there is more behind their prison than they were originally told. The series is currently available on streaming services like crunchyroll and on Blu-ray.

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