Image: Toei Animation
Netflix is again making waves in the anime market. This time they are co-producing a live action rendition of the popular, long running One Piece anime and manga. The series follows Monkey D. Luffy as he embarks on his journey to be King of the Pirates. Along the way he builds his very own pirate crew and notorious reputation among the vast sea in search of the great "One Piece". The show has long been popular in the anime community- accounting for 20 seasons of an animated series, years of manga, 14 animated films, and now at least 10 live action episodes.
The news of the series started to break back in January 2020 when the initial order of 10 episodes came at Netflix according to Variety.com. From there, the community quickly became a buzz with several questions. Questions about how the original creator of the series, Eiichiro Oda, would feel about this live action adaptation stuck out in the list of questions.
Fans will be relieved to see that the creator of the series is happily accepting the cultural challenges of this collaboration with Netflix on the project. "We've been working with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios on the massive project that is the Hollywood live action series adaptation of 'One Piece!' Oda said in an official statement addressing the series. "It's not easy when you're working with different cultures! But it's precisely that process that can yield something special!" Oda went on further to say that one of the hopefully many updates they are able to provide for now is a look at the cast!
Wanted posters of the notorious Staw Hats. Image: Netflix
Iñaki Godoy (Money D. Luffy), Mackenyu (Roronoa Zoro), Emily Rudd (Nami), Jacob Romero Gibson (Usopp), and Taz Skylar (Sanji) make up the Straw Hat pirate crew of the series. Oda praised the selection of the cast. "Their faces, the size of their mouths and hands, their aura, the way they carry themselves..." Oda went on to suggest that it was a long casting process after "numerous conversations involving people from around the world." So there you have it, these will be our Straw Hats!
In the midst of the recent series update there was no official statement on a release date. Rather, all collaborations sources acknowledged that it will take quite some time to appropriately bring the powerful series to life. Steven Maeda serves and co-writer and executive producer along with Matt Owens. Along with that, Tommorow Studios executive producers Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements partner with Oda himself to make up the production team. This is a co-production with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, Netflix will be handling the physical production.