Best-selling manga series One Piece will be the next comics property to make the jump from page to screen, as Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios has announced they are partnering with One Piece publisher Shueisha to adapt the comic for a live-action television series.
The new One Piece series is expected to be executive-produced by Shueisha and author Eiichiro Oda, along with Adelstein (Good Behavior, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Snowpiercer) through Tomorrow Studios.
"As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming the King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Now Luffy, with the help of a motley collection of pirate wannabes, is setting off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world…"
One Piece isn't Tomorrow Studios first foray into live-action adaption: the studio announced in June that it would be bringing a live-action adaptation of cult anime classic Cowboy Bebop to the small screen. Adelstein wants to reassure fans that he understands the pressure he's under to do right by the property, and that it's no small undertaking:
"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."
For series creator Oda, it was about finding the right partner who could understand and share his vision for the project:
"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!"