The arrival of the Netflix live-action adaption of the long-running manga and anime series One Piece is drawing nearer.
In honor of protagonist Luffy’s birthday, the creator of the One Piece manga Eiichiro Oda offered an update on Netflix’s socials on where the series sits.
I’ve been working with Tomorrow Studios and Netflix for quite some time now. Even though they understand each of the characters, we obviously come from very different cultures so, when it comes to entertainment, we have different codes, skill sets, and aims. Sometimes it could be frustrating for both sides. It felt like, “We’re all trying to get to the same place so how come we’re not on the same wavelength?” there was even a time when I thought, “Is a foreign production even possible?!”
Now, this might seem like it’s coming out of nowhere but…we’ve been hard at work this entire time. And now, each and every entity involved is working in sync. We’re finally here!! Considering my expected life span, I believe this is the last chance to bring ONE PIECE to the entire world. If we’re going to do it, I want to be able to supervise things while I’m still active. That’s why I agreed to the live-action adaptation of one piece back in 2016.
Since then, Netflix has committed enormous resources to the production. It was announced that the show will launch in 2023, but they’ve promised that we won’t launch it until I’m satisfied.
The entire cast and crew, spanning various countries brimming with love for ONE PIECE!! They’re burning with passion, and I’ve reminded everyone involved that this should be fun.
We’re in the final process! Right now! Of finishing all 8 episodes! We’ll be setting sail very soon!!
While no official date has been announced, Oda and Netflix remain optimistic the series will be available later this year. However, Oda said in the letter that if he is not completely pleased with the episodes, they would be delayed until he is satisfied with the result.
The live-action One Piece series will star Iaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji. Vincent Regan, Ilia Isorels Paulino, Morgan Davies, Aidan Scott, Langley Kirkwood, Jeff Ward, Celeste Loots, Alexander Maniatis, McKinley Belcher III, Craig Fairbrass, Steven Ward, and Chioma Umeala have all joined the cast.
Matt Owens and Steven Maeda serve as writers, executive producers, and showrunners, according to Variety. Tomorrow Studios and Netflix developed it in collaboration with Shueisha. Oda executive produces alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios.
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