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‘One Piece’ Live-Action Adaptation Finally Begins Production

Two years after the project was announced, the live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga/anime series A piece finally started production. The news was confirmed by a Tweeterwho shared behind-the-scenes photos from the cast with a caption announcing that production has finally begun.

It’s unclear when the show will air, but the streaming service said there will be 10 episodes. Netflix first announced its live-action project of A piece in 2020, but production and development were pushed back not thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. News about the live adaptation had been too sparse, with the latest being the five eastern blue cast drop last November 2021.

Manga author Eiichiro Oda will serve as one of the executive producers of the live-action adaptation. Netflix’s live-action adaptation was supposed to start with the East Blue arc and “would expand from there”, according to Marty Adelstein, the show’s producer in Jump Festa 2017.

A piece follows the story of Monkey D. Luffy, an aspiring pirate whose body acquired the properties of rubber after unwittingly eating a devil fruit. Along with his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy is on the hunt for the world’s ultimate treasure, called the A pieceto become the next Pirate King.

The manga is still ongoing; it currently has 1015 individual chapters which are all compiled into 101 tankōbon volumes as of December 2021. A piece has been serialized in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump” since July 1997, and its anime series produced by Toei Animation has aired since October 20, 1999. The manga has also been hailed as the “best-selling manga series” in history.

The stakes are high for this live-action anime adaptation since the adaptation for cowboy be pop had drawn criticism for its writing, SFX, editing, and action scenes, leading to its cancellation after a run of 10 episodes.

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