Avast, One Piece fans! A live-action television adaptation of the long-running manga/anime from Eiichiro Oda has been announced to be in development, incidentally in time for the twentieth anniversary of the franchise.
Deadline is reporting that Tomorrow Studios and Shueisha are bringing One Piece to the small screen by the efforts of producers Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and Becky Clemens (Snowpiercer), both of whom collaborated on Good Behavior. Oda will serve as an executive producer on the project to make sure that the adaptation is faithful to his work. Adelstein added that he feels privileged to help bring the project to life:
“I’ve been a fan of One Piece for 20 years. I am so honored that Shueisha and Oda-san have entrusted me with such a cherished iconic property. I will do everything in my power to make the One Piece TV series an absolute success. While I expect this to be one of the most expensive shows ever done in television, the worldwide interest is tremendous and will be well worth the financial commitment.”
One Piece concerns the story of a world-spanning quest to search for the legendary treasure of Gold Roger, one of the most infamous pirates in history, by a crew of misfits known as the Straw Hat Crew. The work’s sprawling length (which is expected to be upwards of 1000 chapters in length when it is finished) and frequent shifts in tone suggest that it will be a difficult work to adapt, but Oda himself has commented that he’s well aware of the challenges that lie ahead and looks forward to making the show the best it can be:
“I received numerous offers for live action adaptations for One Piece. Three years ago, I finally decided to take a step forward on a live-action adaptation. After twists and turns, I met the right partner. It is a great coincidence yet pleasure that I’m able to announce the live action adaptation today on the 20th anniversary of One Piece. The first condition I presented is that ‘the live-action will be faithful to the fans who have supported One Piece for 20 years.’ I expect to hear worries from fans but more than that, I’m looking forward to hearing the excitement. Stay tuned for more news on the project!”
While there are definite challenges ahead, the adaptation has an advantage over others based on manga and anime in that the series creator is involved. Hopefully One Piece will successfully connect with the right audience where other manga/anime adaptations have failed.
One Piece does not currently have an estimated time of arrival. Both the original manga and the anime adapting it are actively being made.
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