"Sword Art Online" is rumored to become a live-action series for its third installment instead of an anime. And as fans wait for an announcement, they are given a sneak peek of its upcoming movie that will be released next year.
It can be remembered that Skydance Media has been reported to be planning multiple "Sword Art Online" projects. David Ellison, the CEO of the company, has even confirmed that a live-action movie adaptation is already being considered for the anime's light novel series. However, no updates have been given so far and fans are starting to wonder if the project pushed through or not. There are rumors that Netflix has bought rights to the series and will be the one to produce the planned live-action adaptation.
As for the movie, fans are happy to watch the new trailer that debuted in Dengeki Fall Festival. It also gave fans a look at character designs for Yuna, Eiji, and Dr. Shigemura. The movie is about a new game titled "Ordinal Scale" that everyone seems to be enjoying to play. The game is an ARMMORPG or augmented reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game which can be played using a wearable console called Augma. But later on in the game, the players realize that a nightmare from the game is happening in the real world. This is when the people calls upon their hero once again.
The movie is scheduled to hit the big screen on February 18, 2017.
Sword Art Online is written by Reki Kawahara and released in 2009 that sold over 19 million copies not only in Japan but globally. It had a total of 4 manga adaptations that were licensed and released as well by Yen Press in North America. A-1 Pictures produced its anime TV series that aired in 2012 to 2014. Multiple video games have also been created based on the series for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 4.