UPDATE: Deadline has confirmed that Netflix has given the greenlight to the manga adaptation. Steven Maeda (X-Files) is writing, showrunning, and executive producing, and Matt Owens (Luke Cage) is writing and executive producing.
Also executive producing are Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements (Cowboy Bebop) along with manga creator Eiichiro Oda. Here is an updated tweet from the new official @onepiecenetflix account.
— onepiecenetflix (@onepiecenetflix) January 29, 2020
So, this is actually happening. One Piece is an adventure manga series that’s been around since 1997. A couple of years later, the anime started up, and it’s been kind of a juggernaut ever since. It’s long outlasted its contemporaries Naruto and Bleach, and while it isn’t exactly at peak popularity at the moment, it’s still pretty much the no. 1 manga brand in Japan today. But that didn’t stop it from being a bit surprising when it was announced over a year ago we’d be getting a live-action series.
Like many fans, I didn’t really think it was possible. The concept itself is over-the-top and cartoony…but I still held out hope. I was curious, but uncertain. Could something like this actually be successfully adapted. I honestly didn’t think it would get past the development stage.
Well, according to a post from One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, it looks like the show has a 10-episode order from Netflix…and the streamer will be involved in its production.
Season 1 of ONE PIECE's Live-Action series will have 10 episodes. Netflix will be involved in its production. pic.twitter.com/ytnAD9M8uw
— Weekly Shonen Jump (@WSJ_manga) January 29, 2020
My Japanese is admittedly rusty (see: almost nonexistent), and I don’t know nearly enough kanji to actually make out what’s being said in Oda’s actual message, so I don’t currently know what’s being said. But I’m just it’s just a matter of time until we find out.
It is worth noting that this image does not come to us from official sources and has apparently been leaked by a Chinese social media site. With that in mind, we can’t be 100% sure this is legit, and we are waiting on the word from official sources…but if it’s fake, it’s a pretty solid-looking one.
What do you think of there being a live-action One Piece series? Let us know down below! Also, in the meantime, you can get a load of its cartoony goodness through one of its openings.
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