A live-action television series based on One Piece is currently in development. Eiichiro Oda will serve as executive producer for the series alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements from Tomorrow Studios.
The series was first announced in July 2017 by Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano to commemorate the manga’s 20th anniversary. Then, in March 2019, a synopsis for an American adaptation of One Piece was found on Netflix (though it was later removed).
Thanks to a brand-new update from Eiichiro Oda himself, fans have learned a writer has been selected for the live-action adaptation of One Piece. Matt Owens will be the one penning the series, he is also a big fan of One Piece.
“One Piece is the most beloved story in my life. To be trusted by Oda-Sensei and everyone at Shueisha and Tomorrow Studios to take on the huge task of adapting this epic, heart-warming adventure into live-action is the greatest honor,” Owens said about the anime series.
“I want to make the most of my passion for One Piece by creating a thrilling live-action series which is faithful to the original story and will not only satisfy longtime fans, but bring in new fans as well.”
For fans, this announcement is a major one as it is the first to go live since news first dropped of the adaptation’s development. Oda confirmed a live-action version of One Piece would be made back in 2017. Marty Adelstein believes Owens is the “perfect” man to bring Monkey D. Luffy to the masses.
Currently, we still don’t know what the series will be about, but the adaptation can begin at the same starting point the manga did. The East Blue arc will likely be the first storyline tackled by Owens and Tomorrow Studios. With a writer on board, One Piece can start making important headway with development, and I believe fans are looking forward to seeing how the Straw Hats will look like in the live-action television series.