News of Netflix giving a major "thunbs up" to a live-action series based on author Eiichiro Oda's manga One Piece has us feeling a little nostalgic. See, news of Tomorrow Studios (upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop, TNT's Snowpiercer, Amazon Prime Video's Hanna) and publisher Shueisha bringing the manga to series was one of my first articles for Bleeding Cool as staff – which puts it at July 2017.
Yup, it's been that long.
Here's what Oda had to say about the news:
"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!!"
The streaming service's 10-episode series highlights the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew as they explore a fantastical world of endless oceans and exotic islands in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" to become the next Pirate King.
Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) is set to serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer, with Matt Owens (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Luke Cage) also writing and producing. Oda will serve as an executive producer, alongside Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Netflix and Tomorrow Studios will co-produce, with the streaming service responsible for physical production.
"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!"