Netflix is working on a live-action adaptation of the popular manga series with the creator Eiichiro Oda on-board. Here's the latest update.
Netflix is working on a live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s popular pirate adventure manga series, 'One Piece.' The series is produced by Tomorrow Studios, the same studio behind Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' adaptation.
The upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation for the beloved pirate adventure manga series is going to be huge with the creator Oda on board.
"We have been working very closely with Sensei Oda. So, we’re going to get started, and this one is very big. I mean, Snowpiercer was a big production; this is even bigger," Executive producer Marty Adelstein teased in an interview with Syfy.
Here's everything we know about 'One Piece' live-action adaptation.
'One Piece' is set in an alternate version of Earth during the Golden Age of Pirates, when vicious and powerful sea raiders rule the oceans. The pirates are on a quest to find the mythical treasure known as ‘One Piece’ left behind by Gol D. Roger, the greatest pirate of them all. Years after the death of Gol D. Roger, a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy (also known as Straw Hat Luffy) dreams of finding 'One Piece' and becoming the next Pirate King. To do this, he must put together his crew and sail the dangerous seas together.
Luffy has the special ability to turn his body like rubber and gain enormous agility and strength (thanks to the devil fruit he ate when he was young). When he finally comes of age, he leaves Foosha Village in East Blue to pursue his dream of becoming the next Pirate King.
The live-action series has been in production for some time now, but Netflix has still not announced a release date. Eiichiro Oda and Netflix have been asking fans to stay patient.
"I know I announced the production of this back in 2017, but these things take time! Preparations have been slowly progressing behind the scenes, and it seems that I can finally make the big announcement:
"Netflix, the world's leading streaming entertainment service, will be lending us their tremendous production support! This is so encouraging!! How far will the story progress over the 10 episodes of Season 1? Who will be cast!? Please be patient a little longer and stay tuned!!”
Netflix, the world's leading streaming entertainment service, will be lending us their tremendous production support! This is so encouraging!! How far will the story progress over the 10 episodes of Season 1? Who will be cast!? Please be patient a little longer and stay tuned!!”— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 29, 2020
Production for the live-action series suffered significantly due to the pandemic. They were supposed to start filming by summer 2020 in Cape Town in South Africa, but this was pushed back.
In June 2020, a listing from Production Weekly revealed that 'One Piece' is set to start filming on August 31st, 2020, and is scheduled to wrap up on February 8th, 2021.
However, it looks like the show is still in production as of this writing, based on some behind-the-scenes photos that emerged online.
The upcoming series adaptation will have 10 episodes. Although Netflix has not announced anything yet, a second season is highly possible considering the vast amount of source material available. There are currently 95 volumes of the manga, and it's impossible to cover all of them with just a few seasons.
Season 1 will feature the recruitment of Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji. It will end with Luffy’s fight against Arlong.
There is no official casting confirmed yet, although there have been plenty of rumors.
Emily Rudd has been listed on the IMDb page for a while now, but there has been no formal confirmation of her casting yet. Knowing that anyone can update the IMDB page, it's possible that this information was only put up by fans and isn't accurate.
Anime fans are always skeptical when it comes to western live-action adaptations, and we can't blame them. It's frustrating to see when adaptations deviate from the source material. Luckily for 'One Piece,' creator Eiichiro Oda is very much involved in the upcoming adaptation.
"Oda and his team are very involved. They read off our outlines and all of our scripts and give us notes," Matt Owens, one of the lead writers of the series, said during The Reverie streaming event.
"It’s always a conversation between us and Oda and his team….We always go back to the source material," Owens added.
"Netflix knows how valuable this property is because of what it is. It is successful because of what it is in its existence already. Any changes are just about trying to make it palatable to a wider audience and a live-action version of it. No changes come because it’s like, 'Oh, I don’t like the Arlong fight…' There’s nothing like that."
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