Eiichiro Oda has announced that One Piece will be coming to Netflix as an all new 10 episode live action series.
Authored by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece tells the story of treasure hunting pirates, led by the indomitable Monkey D. Luffy in his quest to be the King of the Pirates.
Netflix has partnered with Tomorrow Studios and Shueisha to bring this pirate adventure story from Japan to audiences around the world.
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.
Captivating fans for more than two decades, with over 460 million copies sold, One Piece has a legacy more cherished than most. Unlike many popular manga to anime adaptations, the One Piece anime continues to keep pace, and stay true to the anime.
Taking it a step further to live-action though has fans understandably worried.
We already know it won't translate well.
Feel free to prove me wrong, but I have no faith anyone can properly turn one piece into a live medium. Even from the start, you'de need an actor sell holding a sword in his mouth as badass instead of just stupid.
However, Netflix has come good before – most recently with the Witcher, and the One Piece production crew has geek cred with Showrunner (and Executive Producer), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files), Matt Owens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage), and Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Cowboy Bebop, Snowpiercer, Hanna).
Most comforting though is that Eiichiro Oda is also an Executive Producer and promised fans in 2017, when he first made his intentions of a live action series known, that he would not betray the fans that have supported him.
In the last 20 years the conversation about a live-action adaptation has come up many times. I decided to go forward with the adaption about three years ago. There were many twists and turns. I met a good partner…. I will never betray the fans who have supported me for 20 years. This is my condition.