The ONE PIECE live-action producers have said that the scripts for season 2 are already ready, though the production for the potential season aren’t able to begin until the SAG-AFTRA strike has been resolved. They’ve also said that the next season could be ready to air in a year to 18 months after production would be able to begin.
The CEO of Tomorrow Studios, which is behind the production of the ONE PIECE live-action, Marty Adelstein, told Variety that they’ve got the scripts ready, while Tomorrow Studios’ president Becky Clements said that season 2 could launch as early as next year as soon from the moment they’d be able to get going. “Realistically, hopefully, a year away, if we move very quickly, and that is a possibility. Somewhere between a year and 18 months, we could be ready for air.”
While there has been no actual announcement for the sequel, the series did top Netflix’s global TV English TV ranking in its debut week, garnering 18.5 million total views, 140.1 million hours viewed and an average runtime of 7:34 hours in the period of 4 days.
Clements also told Variety: “They keep it, as you know, close to the vest until post-launch. But with Netflix’s support of the title, we expected it to be number one and we sensed their research and algorithms probably saw the possibility for that. But in our subsequent calls post-launch, we have been told that we have exceeded expectations, which is also fantastic.”
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. The creator, Eiichiro Oda, is also among the show’s executive producers. We also got the chance to interview the Director of Photography for the first 2 episodes, Nicole Hirsch Whitaker, and we talked a bit about the production, cast, staff, challenges, fun and more. Check out the full interview for more.
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