One Piece, a popular Japanese manga, has been around as an anime show for quite some time, but it’ll be getting a live-action adaptation.
According to Variety, Marty Adelstein, who executively produced Good Behavior and episodes of Prison Break, signed a deal, Monday, through Tomorrow Studios to bring One Piece to life as a live-action series.
Hiroyuki Nakano, editor-in-chief of Shonen Jump, which first began the manga in 1997, told Variety,
“It is a great honor for Shueisha to collaborate with Tomorrow Studios on the ‘One Piece’ live-action TV series. Marty understands the original comics and has the same vision as us for the live-action adaptation. We trust that he and his team atTomorrow Studios will be able to produce a TV series reflecting Eiichiro Oda’s vision.”
Adelstein is jumping out of his chair, as well.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘One Piece’ for 20 years. I am so honored that Shueisha and Oda-san have entrusted me with such a cherished iconic property. I will do everything in my power to make the One Piece TV series an absolute success. While I expect this to be one of the most expensive shows ever done in television, the worldwide interest is tremendous and will be well worth the financial commitment.”
It seems everyone’s on board from an executive standpoint, but fans have been relishing in the anime since its beginnings on Oct. 20, 1999. Live-action is so hit and miss, but maybe this will put One Piece on a bigger stage here in the United States.
There has been no confirmation of when the show will begin production, or when it will be expected to travel the airwaves.