Anime series One Piece by Eiichiro Oda is set to release a live-action version, which will be streamed on Netflix. In partnership with Tomorrow Studios, Netflix has confirmed the production of the eight-episode live-action series. Netflix has vowed to creator Eiichiro Oda that the series will not premiere until he is satisfied. Despite this, the release date has been announced for 2023.
In relation to the live-action series, Eiichiro Oda, the mangaka behind One Piece, expressed some difficulties and frustrations during the production process. There were differences in perspectives between him, Tomorrow Studios, and Netflix, which have come from very different cultures. Citing differences in rules, skill sets, and goals in the entertainment industry, Oda wondered why they could not be on the same page.
“Netflix has promised that they will not premiere this series until I am satisfied,” Eiichiro Oda added.
The cast for the series has been announced, with Inaki Godoy (The Imperfects) playing the main character Monkey D. Luffy, captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, while Mackenyu (Knights of the Zodiac) will portray the swordsman Zoro. Emily Rudd (Fear Street) will play Nami, the navigator of the crew, Jacob Romero Gibson (Blairsden) will play Usopp, the sharpshooter, and Taz Skylar (Boiling Point) will portray master chef Sanji. Lastly, Peter Gadiot (One Upon a Time in Wonderland) will play the role of Red Haired Shanks, the captain of the Red Hair Pirates.
It is expected that the live-action series will present some challenges in terms of how it adapts from the anime series to a live-action format. Nonetheless, fans of One Piece are hopeful that the production team can deliver the series that would be truly satisfying, faithful to its source material, and will capture the essence of what makes the anime series so beloved.
In conclusion, Eiichiro Oda has voiced his concerns about the production of the live-action One Piece series, considering the difficulties that arise due to the cultural differences. However, it is clear that both Oda and Netflix are committed to delivering a series that would delight fans of the franchise. With an outstanding cast and over a year for production, there is excitement that the upcoming live-action series will do justice to the One Piece saga.