A live-action series adaptation of One Piece is currently in the works at Netflix, as the streamer has greenlit a 10-episode series based on the popular manga. With Netflix handling the project's physical production, the series will be co-developed with Tomorrow Studios, a collaboration between Adelstein and ITV Studios. Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios are also executive producing alongside original One Piece author Eiichiro Oda.
On the creative side of Netflix's One Piece series, Steven Maeda has also signed on as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, with Matt Owens also on board to write and executive produce. Maeda's work in writing for television includes creative contributions to Lost, The X-Files, and CSI: Miami, and he also served as the showrunner for the Syfy series Helix. Meanwhile, his writing partner has spent a lot of time writing for the MCU's television shows, as Owens served as a staff writer for Marvel's Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece was first published in 1997. The manga series tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy who sets out to become the next King of the Pirates. In order to achieve this goal, Monkey must assemble his own pirate crew, dubbed the Straw Hat Pirates, as they explore the Grand Line on a mission to find the world's ultimate treasure widely known as "One Piece." A tremendous success, One Piece would go on to sell over 462 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series in history.
One Piece has been adapted on the big and small screen several times in the past since its introduction in the late '90s. This includes a popular anime television series with no less than fourteen animated One Piece movies releasing in Japan. Video games, novels, and other forms of merchandise have also been spawned from the franchise, but it wasn't until 2017 when it was first announced Tomorrow Studios was actively working on a live-action adaptation with the manga's publisher, Shueisha. Now, the project is definitely a go as One Piece has found its home on Netflix.
Additionally, Tomorrow Studio is also working on a live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese sci-fi series Cowboy Bebop for Netflix. Like One Piece, the project is being produced at Netflix, with Christopher Yost on board to write. Its cast will include John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia. Production on the Netflix series was temporarily halted following Cho's on-set injury back in October, and filming is expected to resume later this year.
Netflix's One Piece series is in its very early stages, and there's no word yet on when we can expect the project to make its way onto the streaming service. The wait could take a while, but let's just hope the animated series will do the original manga justice. With Oda on board as an executive producer, chances are good that this just might happen. This news comes to us from Deadline.