One of the longest running anime/manga series ever is getting an official live-action TV show from Hollywood. The news was announced at the One Piece 20th anniversary event in Japan that this adaptation of mangaka Eiichiro Oda’s original works will be created by Tomorrow Studios, in partnership with producer Marty Adelstein (FOX’s Prison Break, MTV’s Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios.
Tomorrow Studios is also producing a live-action television series adaptation of another popular anime/manga series – Cowboy Bebop.
The project for a live-action One Piece TV show from Hollywood is approved by Oda-sensei himself. He had sent a written message which was displayed at the event (shown below) that says there have been many tumors about making a live-action series on One Piece in the last two decades. It was three years ago, however, Oda-sensei decided to make a live-action work and after many twists and turns, he finally found the right partner. The announcement of a live-action work being in production is a coincidence with the 20th anniversary of One Piece, but Oda-sensei is very happy. Oda-sensei continues on to say this may cause some anxiety to the fans, however, the one condition for this project is to never betray the fans who supported his work for over 20 years. He wishes for everyone to get excited, wait for the next announcement, and to look forward to this One Piece live-action TV show.
One Piece is manga that focuses on a teenage boy by the name of Monkey D. Luffy. He is a pirate who wears a Straw Hat and can stretch like rubber. His dream is to find the treasure known as the “One Piece” and become a man who will be known as The Pirate King. The One Piece series began serialization in Shuiseha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in July of 1997 and the TV anime has been on air since 1999. The cumulative issue of manga boasts over 350 million copies in print in Japan alone.
It’s unclear when the official One Piece live-action TV show will air, who will star, and how closely it will follow the anime/manga. As we learn more about the One Piece Live-Action TV Show from Hollywood, we hope to let you know right here on Saiyan Island!