Prepare to explore the Grand Line with Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates as One Piece is coming to Netflix as a live-action series.
Launched in 1997, One Piece has gone on to become the best-selling manga series in history with 462 million copies sold across 43 countries. The anime launched on Oct. 20, 1999, and has aired over 900 episodes and counting. From merchandise to video games and theatrical films, One Piece is everywhere.
A live-action series has been in talks since 2017, but things went quiet for some time. In 2019 a hidden page was found on Netflix for a live-action One Piece series, but it was quickly removed. At the time the page said:
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.
The page then disappeared and everything went quiet again.
Then, on Wednesday, Weekly Shonen Jump – the manga One Piece appears in – tweeted out that One Piece has indeed been picked up be Netflix and it will launch with a 10 episode first season.
Season 1 of ONE PIECE's Live-Action series will have 10 episodes. Netflix will be involved in its production. pic.twitter.com/ytnAD9M8uw
— Weekly Shonen Jump (@WSJ_manga) January 29, 2020
There’s no clue when this series will air, or who will star in it, but it appears that it is indeed happening.
This marks the second big anime to be turned into a live-action series by the streamer. The first being Cowboy Bebop, which has been delayed due to series lead John Cho injuring himself on set.
Is this a new trend for Netflix? If so, we have a laundry list of requests for future projects.
For now, just know that Luffy and crew are on their way!
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