One Piece is Next in Line to Receive Live-Action Adaptation
It would seem that live-action adaptations are all the rage in this day and age. With the likes of Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, Death Note, and nearly every Disney animated film ever making the leap from drawings to human flesh, there really is no stopping it anymore. The latest entry into the ring is none other than one of Japan’s most popular manga and anime series One Piece. For those not in the know, here’s a synopsis:
Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become the king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line and beyond, this is one captain who’ll never give up until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece! Fiendish Fishmen, merciless Marines, surly sea monsters, and devious Devil’s Fruit users all try to stop this unusual man with the body made of rubber, but as long as Luffy has his loyal friends along for the adventure, nothing can stand in the way of their dreams!”
The news comes from The Japan Times, where they say the popular manga will be adapted into “a live-action TV drama through a collaboration with a Hollywood production team.” That group of individuals happens to be Tomorrow ITV Studios, which is led by Marty Adelstein(Prison Break producer). Marty mentioned in a written statement that he’s been a fan of One Piece since it came out 20 years ago and that he is honored Shueisha Inc. and Eiichiro Oda believe in him and his studio to get the job done. He also went on to say that it will likely take a lot of cash to make the project happen.
Details are a little scarce at the moment, but that’s usually how it goes when something is freshly announced. No need to fret, however, because Hiroyuki Nakano had a few things to say in a recent press conference.
There have been offers from various directions about live-action before but they did not really get settled for a number of reasons. This time, it’s finally come to the point where we can make an announcement. This means that we consider the project this time to have exceeded our expectations,… so please look forward to it.”
And for anybody that is worried about yet another live-action adaptation, Oda said that he is on board under one condition – “it never lets down the fans that have been supporting the series for 20 years.” Stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers for more live-action adaptation news, including the following:
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- Jasmine and Aladdin Have Finally Been Cast in Disney’s Live-Action Remake
What say you, manga and anime lovers? Are you getting tired of all these live-action adaptations, or are you really excited to see some of your favorite characters and stories come to life? Since Bleach and One Piece are already getting their time to shine, does that mean Naruto is next in line for a live-action film or TV series? Speaking of which, do you believe Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates will work well within a TV drama setting? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.