Recently, a rumor has been circulating the well-known streaming platform service Netflix will be making a live-action adaptation of the popular manga series One Piece.
Just over a year ago, there was an announcement that the series will have its own live-action adaptation. The creator of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda also confirmed this and even said that he is also involved in this production. Although Netflix has not confirmed this on any of their official social media platforms, a screenshot of a blank Netflix page has brewed the speculation that the company might be handling the production.
Netflix now lists One Piece, which appears to be for the live-action series considering the genre listed at bottom as 'US TV Shows'.
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Not much information has been revealed yet except for this description on the page that says “Monkey D. Luffy sets sail with his trusty crew to find the One Piece treasure and become the ultimate Pirate King! Based on the manga by Eiichiro Oda.” It is also been given the genre tags US TV Shows, and TV Action & Adventure.
The One Piece manga has been running in the Weekly Shonen Jump for more than 20 years now. It first launched in the mentioned magazine on July 22, 1997, and has published 92 volumes so far in Japan. Its immense popularity has also paved way for an anime adaptation which first premiered on October 20, 1999, and still ongoing with 875 episodes so far. It also has an anime movie, light novels, and video games.
Netflix is no stranger when it comes to making live-action adaptations of popular Japanese franchises. They did a live-action movie adaptation of the manga series Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata back in July 2017. The adaptation received very mixed reviews as its major changes in the story is different from its source material.
Other confirmed adaptations that will be produced by Netflix are Cowboy Bebop and the video game series Resident Evil. As of this time, both series have not released any new announcements and the exact premiere dates.
Like all the confirmed adaptations that Netflix announced in the past, we can only hope that the One Piece adaptation would be something worth watching not only for its millions of subscribers around the world but also to the series’ loyal fanbase.