Netflix is taking another gamble on developing a beloved manga and Japanese anime series to live-action. The streaming service announced today that One Piece will be getting an original show in the near future.
The first season of the series will consist of 10 episodes. Back in early 2019, a listing for a One Piece series popped up on Netflix, and recently, a new synopsis has been added on the One Piece Netflix page: “A live-action adventure story based on the bestselling manga by Eiichiro Oda.” At the time, there was no official announcement of the series or it being tied to Netflix. The original synopsis from 2019 made mentions of Monkey D. Luffy and pirating, which no longer exists on the new listing.
The official One Piece Netflix series page on Twitter sent a message to the world announcing its arrival, which you can check out below.
Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami) and Matt Owens will serve as showrunners for the series. No details about cast or release date are known at this time.
One Piece follows the previously mentioned Luffy, a young man who idolizes the pirate Shanks. Luffy and his Straw Hats pirate crew set sail to find the legendary One Piece treasure, so he can become King of the Pirates. The manga and anime series follows his adventures as he sails around the world, meeting interesting people, corrupt governments, bounty hunters, and more.
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This isn’t Netflix’s first time adapting a manga to live-action. In 2017, Netflix released Death Note to mixed reviews, earning a score of 43 on Metacritic–GameSpot’s sister site. One year later, Netflix produced a long, live-action version of Fullmetal Alchemist that received a 48 on Metacritic. Both critics and fans didn’t speak highly of either of those films, but hopefully, the One Piece series or the recently revealed live-action Cowboy Bebop show will be when Netflix reaches its stride.
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