As the most successful and lucrative manga franchise in history, One Piece is venturing into a new medium that’s reserved only for the top anime: live-action adaptations.
Announced on July 21, 2017, the live-action has been given a release date of 2023, although nothing exact beyond this was mentioned. Seeing the past failure history of turning anime into live-action, fans are worried for the right reasons.
However, Eichiro Oda assured fans that he has been involved from start to finish, and Netflix has assured him that the series will not be released until he is satisfied.
One Piece’s live-action new poster was previously leaked, but now it has been officially released in digital version of Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 26.
The new poster features the first ship of Luffy’s crew, also known as “The Thousand Sunny”. But the live-action version is a lot more realistic and looks like a goat’s head.
An official One Piece live-action website will be opened on May 31, 2023 for fans.
The ship is not the only thing that’s different from the anime version. In the previously revealed poster, Luffy can be seen boots instead of sandals just like in anime and manga.
Although the boots are not true to the source material, but considering that the real-life actors have to do stunts, it wouldn’t be safe to run around in sandals on the set.
Netflix is behind the live-action adaptation of many anime: some successful, others not so much. They produced Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, Rurouni Kenshin, and many others. So it’s safe to say that they have a lot of experience, and with the supervision of Eichiro, the adaptation can turn out to be a decent one.
You can also view behind the scenes and equipment used on the Netflix YouTube channel:
CAST & Expected Release Date
Luffy will be played by Inaki Godoy, Roronoa Zoro by Mackenyu Arata, Nami by Emily Rudd, Usopp by Jacob Romero, and Sanji by Taz Skylar.
According to the actor of Roronoa Zoro, the One Piece series is set to premiere in Fall 2023. He revealed this information in a GQ interview. We can only wait for official confirmation from Netflix and Eichiro Oda.
Source: Shonen Jump