Netflix has shared a special message from Eiichiro Oda regarding the upcoming ONE PIECE live-action series, and the creator said that the production is in the final process for all 8 episodes. He also said that he believes this is the last chance he has to bring ONE PIECE to the entire world in a way where he is able to supervise things himself, and added that they will be ‘setting sail very soon’. You can read the entire message below:
I’ve been working with Tomorrow Studios and Netflix for quite some time now. Even though they understand each of the characters, we obviously come from very different cultures so, when it comes to entertainment, we have different codes, skill sets, and aims. Sometimes it could be frustrating for both sides. It felt like, “we’re all trying to get to the same place so how come we’re not on the same wavelength?” There was even a time when I thought, “is a foreign production even possible?”
Now this might seem like it’s coming out of nowhere but… we’ve been hard at work this entire time. And now, each and every entity involved is working in sync. We’re finally here!!
Considering my expected life span, I believe this is the last chance to bring ONE PIECE to the entire world. If we’re going to do it, I want to be able to supervise things while I’m still active. That’s why I agreed to the live-action adaptation of ONE PIECE back in 2016.
Since then, Netflix has committed enormous resources to the production. It was announced that the show will launch in 2023, but they’ve promised that we won’t launch it until I’m satisfied.
The entire cast and crew, spanning various countries, are brimming with love for ONE PIECE!! They’re burning with passion, and I’ve reminded everyone involved that this should be fun.
We’re in the final process! Right now! Of finishing all 8 episodes!
We’ll be setting sail very soon!! – Eiichiro Oda.
The live-action series has Matt Owens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage) and Steven Maeda (The X-Files, CSI: Miami, Lost) serving as writers, executive producers, and showrunners. Original creator Eiichiro Oda is also among the show’s executive producers. The main cast for the series includes:
- Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy
- Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro
- Emily Rudd as Nami
- Taz Skylar as Sanji
- Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp
The rest of the cast features
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, Peter Gadiot as Shanks, Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore, Steven Ward as Mihawk, Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff, Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, Celeste Loots as Kaya, Chioma Umeala as Nojiko.
Source: Official Twitter
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