SWORD ART ONLINE Live-Action Series Sold To NETFLIX; Producer Says Show Will Have Asian Lead Actors

SWORD ART ONLINE Live-Action Series Sold To NETFLIX; Producer Says Show Will Have Asian Lead Actors

Skydance Television's Sword Art Online live-action series has officially been sold to Netflix, and the show's producer has revealed that it will have Asian lead actors. More details after the jump...

On Tuesday, it was announced that Skydance Television's Sword Art Online live-action series has officially been sold to Netflix. We also have quites from series writer and executive producer Laeta Kalogridis, who confirms that "Kirito and Asuna will be played by Asian actors."

Kalogridis made a similar comment to the Philippine Daily Inquirer in January. "I recently sold “SAO” (Sword Art Online) to Netflix," she said, "and part of the agreement was that Kitty Cat Asuna would remain Asian." (Note: Kalogridis most likely said "Kirito and Asuna.")

Down below is Kalogridis' full comment to Collider, in response to a question about what she would like to see in a live-action English version of Sword Art Online:

Well, let's get the obvious bit out of the way, right away. SAO is an essentially Japanese property, in which Kirito and Asuna, who are the two leads, are Japanese. In the television show, Kirito and Asuna will be played by Asian actors. Whether or not that was the question underneath your question, it's not a conversation about whitewashing. When I sold it to Netflix, we were all on the same page. They are not interested in whitewashing it, and I am not interested in whitewashing it. In terms of the secondary characters, because the game is meant to be global, the way it's presented in the anime and in the light novels, there are secondary characters that clearly are from other parts of the world, like Klein and Agil. To me, it's very obvious when you watch it that you're meant to take that this game spans the globe, but Kirito and Asuna are very clearly located as kids from Japan, and Tokyo, if I'm not mistaken. That is what we will be doing because that is the story. They are, in my mind anyway, much like Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell, defined in part by being seminal characters in an Asian piece of art. That's the first and biggest thing.

Image

Kalogridis signed on to write the script for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film in 2009, but did not write the final version for the film that debuted last year. She has also penned a script for the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel film.

Skydance announced the series adaptation of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novels in August 2016. Skydance Interactive is also planning a Sword Art Online virtual reality experience after the television series. Skydance Media CEO David Ellison said at the time of the announcement that the company is planning "a full-scale and wide-ranging set of live action franchise extensions across our business verticals."

What are your thoughts on the announcements? Do you think that it will do well as a Netflix series? What are your thoughts on the Asian lead actors? Let us know your answers and your thoughts down in the comments below!



For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Sword Art Online franchise, here is the official trailer of the series for your viewing pleasure!



Sword Art Online Synopsis: In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online RPG called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called: Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. Their struggle for survival starts now.
DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
ULTRAMAN Animated Movie Heading To Netflix With An All-New Story; Check Out A First Look Image

ULTRAMAN Animated Movie Heading To Netflix With An All-New Story; Check Out A First Look Image

While it will be separate from the streaming service's Ultraman TV series, it's now been confirmed that Netflix is developing an animated CG movie from filmmakers Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima...
DETECTIVE PIKACHU Star Justice Smith Doesn't Think A Sequel To The POKEMON Movie Is Going To Happen

DETECTIVE PIKACHU Star Justice Smith Doesn't Think A Sequel To The POKEMON Movie Is Going To Happen

Detective Pikachu exceeded everyone's expectations when it was released back in 2019, but star Justice Smith seems pretty confident that we won't be getting a sequel to the live-action Pokémon movie...
KONG: SKULL ISLAND Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts To Helm Live-Action GUNDAM Movie For Netflix

KONG: SKULL ISLAND Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts To Helm Live-Action GUNDAM Movie For Netflix

Fans have been hoping to see a live-action take on the popular Gundam anime series for many years, and the Legendary Pictures project we first heard about back in 2018 has now landed at Netflix...
Latest Headlines
DUNE Now Expected To Debut In Theaters Only As Warner Bros. Set To Reverse Day-And-Date Release Model

DUNE Now Expected To Debut In Theaters Only As Warner Bros. Set To Reverse Day-And-Date Release Model

Following today's bombshell WarnerMedia/Discovery merger, it's being reported that Dune will no longer debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, but will instead release in theaters only!
J.J. Abrams On Whether He's Set To Direct Any Of The DC Comics Projects Bad Robot Is Working On

J.J. Abrams On Whether He's Set To Direct Any Of The DC Comics Projects Bad Robot Is Working On

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company is working with Warner Bros. on several upcoming DC Comics projects, but does the Star Wars filmmaker have any interest in directing any of them?
DRACULA-Inspired Screen Gems Horror THE BRIDE Adds Nathalie Emmanuel And Garret Hedlund

DRACULA-Inspired Screen Gems Horror THE BRIDE Adds Nathalie Emmanuel And Garret Hedlund

Game of Thrones alum Nathalie Emmanuel and Tron: Legacy actor Garret Hedlund are set to star in The Bride, an upcoming Screen Gems’ horror thriller inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula.
ATTACK THE BLOCK 2 Officially In The Works With John Boyega Set To Return As Moses

ATTACK THE BLOCK 2 Officially In The Works With John Boyega Set To Return As Moses

Good news for fans of sci-fi horror Attack The Block, as director Joe Cornish is set to return to helm a sequel, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega is also back on board as Moses.
ARMY OF THE DEAD Director Zack Snyder Says WB Turned Down 300 Threequel Idea: They're Not Huge Fans Of Mine

ARMY OF THE DEAD Director Zack Snyder Says WB Turned Down 300 Threequel Idea: "They're Not Huge Fans Of Mine"

Justice League and Army of the Dead director Zack Snyder has revealed that Warner Bros. turned down his idea for a 300 threequel featuring a gay romance between Hephaestion and Alexander. Check it out...
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME BTS Photos Confirm That (A Beaten Up) Peter Parker Will Return To High School

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME BTS Photos Confirm That (A Beaten Up) Peter Parker Will Return To High School

Some newly released behind-the-scenes photos from Spider-Man: No Way Home put the spotlight on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Ned (Jacob Batalon), and the former definitely looks a little worse for wear.