Issue 34 of Shonen Jump announced that Matt Owens will be the screenwriter for the One Piece live-action series.
This is the first major news regarding the live-action series since its announcement in 2017.
It was announced on 22nd July 2017 that a Hollywood Live-Action One Piece TV series will be produced. It has been under production in Tomorrow Studios under the supervision of Marty Adelstein, who is also one of the executive producers of TV drama Prison Break.
Mr. Owens has been a writer for Marvel’s Luke Cage and a story editor for shows including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Defenders. Matt Owens has also written for Marvel comics including Elektra, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Star Wars: Mace Windu, and Marvel’s Luke Cage.
Both the screenwriter and the producer have dedicated a message to this issue of JUMP.
Screenwriter Matt Owens said the following, regarding his role on this new One Piece series:
One Piece is the most beloved story in my life. To be trusted by Oda-Sensei and everyone at Shueisha and Tomorrow Studios to take on the huge task of adapting this epic, heart-warming adventure into live-action is the greatest honor. I want to make the most of my passion for One Piece by creating a thrilling live-action series which is faithful to the original story and will not only satisfy longtime fans, but bring in new fans as well.
Producer Marty Adelstein said the following, regarding this news:
When I first saw Matt’s presentation explaining his vision of the live-action adaptation, I thought he would be perfect for the job. What impressed me the most is that he is a true One Piece fan. I am very excited to be able to work with a scriptwriter as talented as Matt.
Please see author Eiichiro Oda’s comment below from the original 2017 announcement, along with a translation:
There have been many talks about making a live-action series in the past 20 years. About three years ago , we began to seriously consider it. After many twists and turns, we found a good partner. Coincidentally, we made the production announcement on the 20th anniversary. I am very happy. This announcement may cause some anxiety but my one condition for the series is to never betray the fans who supported my work for 20 years. Please get excited and wait for the next report.
Please look forward to it!!
– Eiichiro Oda
No further production or release details are available at this time. Earlier, the official also made it clear that the plot of a live-action TV series would start from the East Blue saga as much as the original, and would respect the original work as much as possible. Other news about investing more than $10 million in production per episode, was coined but the official did not answer it. However, producer Marty Adelstein did say that the investment in this production was huge, but did not reveal the specific amount.
Since the announcement of the One Piece live TV drama on July 21, 2017, it has been a full two years but progress has been slow.
Given the success rate of live-action adaption series, some fans are uneasy about this. Even though it’s near impossible to replicate the series into a live-action, let’s hope for the best and see how it turns out.
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One Piece (ワンピース) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997, and has been collected into 93 tankōbon volumes.