When it comes to Netflix looking for content and projects to create, the worlds of manga, anime and gaming are rich for mining. Having already seen success with the debut series of The Witcher, another pop culture property is heading to the streaming platform in the form of One Piece.
The popular manga, which has become an even popular anime series, is now getting a live-action adaptation by Netflix. The project was initially announced in 2017, but at the time Netflix was not attached. That changed, however, following a tweet that confirmed the series going into development along with the producers and studios being attached to the project.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 29, 2020
The series will be 10 episodes long, with publisher Shueisha and Tomorrow Studios involved too. The latter is also working on another live-action adaptation for the Cowboy Bebop series heading to Netflix as well.
Crucially joining the team of producers is One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, so we’re hoping the production will be in good hands.
“I know I announced the production of this back in 2017, but these things take time,” wrote Oda in the message tweeted above.
“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!,” he adds.
As for when the series will be heading to Netflix, no dates have been mentioned at this stage. It’s also unclear how producers and the studio will go about handling the look and feel of the live-action series, especially as One Piece has a very particular art style.
For now we’re on the fence for this latest project, with past live-action adaptations being hit and miss (we’re looking at you Fullmetal Alchemist).