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Netflix Adapting Manga One Piece Into a Live-Action Series

One of the best-selling manga series of all time, One Piece, is coming to Netflix as an all-new 10-episode live-action series, the streaming service has announced.

Netflix has partnered with Tomorrow Studios and Shueisha to bring this pirate adventure story from Japan to audiences around the world. The original manga, written by Eiichiro Oda, has captivated fans for many years and sold over 460 million copies.

The manga is officially described as follows: “As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. But Luffy’s life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber… at the cost of never being able to swim again!

“Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his adventure… one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…”

The showrunner is Steven Maeda, who will write and executive produce the series with Matt Owens. The executive producers also include Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Cowboy Bebop, Snowpiercer, Hanna). Also executive producing is Eiichiro Oda, the author of the manga series.

Eiichiro Oda’s commented: “I know I announced the production of this back in 2017, but these things take time! Preparations have been slowly progressing behind the scenes, and it seems that I can finally make the big announcement:

“Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, will be lending us their tremendous production support! This is so encouraging!! How far will the story progress over the 10 episodes of Season 1? Who will be cast!? Please be patient a little longer and stay tuned!!”

One Piece is a co-production of Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Netflix will handle the physical production.

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