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Sword Art Online - Netflix Boards Live-Action TV Series Adaptation of Japanese Anime

Netflix has come aboard the live-action TV series adaptation of "Sword Art Online", a Japanese novel and anime franchise, SpoilerTV has learned.

The "Sword Art Online" TV series, will follow brilliant young beta tester Kirito and his group of friends when they are trapped, along with 10,000 other people, in a next-generation virtual reality online role-playing game filled with swordfighting, monsters, and mystery.

The TV series adaptation of the franchise was first announced in 2016 when Skydance Media acquired the rights, with Patrick Massett and John Zinman (Friday Night Lights, The Blacklist, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) joining to write the script for the show in the fall of last year.

Per Production Weekly, an early 2019 production start date is being eyed for the show.