In case you were clamouring for One Piece to come to Netflix, since there are the likes of Naruto and Bleach around, you won’t have to wait longer. The streamer has ordered a ten-episode live-action TV series adaptation of the hugely-popular Japanese manga and anime, coming soon!
Netflix has partnered with Tomorrow Studios (the folks responsible for the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop Netflix series starring John Cho) and Shueisha to bring the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, to new audiences.
According to a statement by original creator Eiichiro Oda in Netflix’s recent press release, the One Piece live-action series has been in production for quite some time now. Here’s what Oda-san said (with translations below it):
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!!Eiichiro Oda’s translated statement on the announcement of the One Piece live-action Netflix series.
One Piece will be headed by Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files), who will serve as the show’s showrunner, writer and executive producer. Matt Owens (Luke Cage, Agents of SHIELD) will co-write and co-executive produce.
Eiichiro Oda himself will be an executive producer, alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements from Tomorrow Studios.
Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date and cast for One Piece.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.