Skydance Television has just announced that they’re turning the popular manga, anime and video game Sword Art Online into a proper live-action TV series. Oh boy.

Live action adaptations are nothing new, but this time it will also be coupled with an immersive VR experience. We have no idea how they would handle it considering most of the series takes place inside an MMO, which the main character is trapped in.

The harem of Kirito, hero of SAO
The harem of Kirito, hero of SAO

Skydance issued a statement about it too:

“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…We look forward to working alongside Laeta [Kalogridis], 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.”

Also, the production isn’t going to be getting the kind of budget that say, is enjoyed by Game of Thrones, so we’re not expecting it to look particularly amazing. It’s probably going to be absolutely full of CGI though.

Since they said they will be making a whole new universe out of it, it’ll be interesting to see how (and if) it ties in with the source material. Till then we can just keep our fingers crossed until we see the first promo trailers.