To celebrate Monkey D. Luffy’s birthday, One Piece Creator Eiichiro Oda wrote a personal letter to fans. In this, the artist revealed new details about NetflixThe long-in-development live-action TV adaptation of the popular anime series. The series is expected to make its debut this year.
Oda, who also acts as an executive producer, confirmed that he is in charge of the project’s production. He also assured excited fans that the entire cast and crew are working hard to deliver a One Piece series that will satisfy expectations.
In his open letter (posted by Netflix), Oda expressed excitement about the project.
“The entire cast and crew, spanning different countries are full of love for ONE PIECE!!” Oda stated. “They are burning with love, and I remind everyone involved that it should be fun.”
Oda also discussed the cultural differences that arose during the production.
“I’ve been working with Tomorrow Studios and Netflix for a long time now. Even though they understand each of the characters, obviously we come from very different cultures, so, when it comes to entertainment, we have different codes, skill set, and purpose,” says the artist. “Sometimes it can be frustrating on both sides. It’s like, ‘We’re all trying to get to the same place so why aren’t we on the same wavelength?’ There was even a time when I thought, ‘Is foreign production possible?!'”
Who is the Live-Action Cast of One Piece?
The One Piece series on Netflix will feature Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Mackenyu as Rorona Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji, and Peter Gadiot as Shanks. The additional cast includes Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, Vincent Regan as Garp, Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore, Steven Ward as Mihawk, and Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff , Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, Celeste Loots as Kaya, and Chioma Umeala as Nojiko.
Based on Eiichiro Oda’s iconic Japanese manga of the same name, the story follows Monkey D. Luffy, the leader of the Straw Hat Pirates, who gains the power to turn his body into rubber after eating a “Devil Fruit.” He wanders through a fantasy world of exotic islands and vast oceans in search of the legendary treasure known as “One Piece” to become the next Pirate King.
The One Piece live-action series is written and executive produced by Steven Maeda (The X-Files) and Matt Owens (Agents of SHIELD), with Maeda set as showrunner. Executive producers are Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Cowboy Bebop) with original manga author Eiichiro Oda.