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Apparently, Tomorrow Studios wants to bring every anime to TV as a live-action series.
Tomorrow Studios announced on Monday that it has secured the rights to a live action adaptation of the enormously popular One Piece. The series debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 and is still going strong. The anime has been running nearly as long and just seems to have no end in sight.
One Piece publisher Shueisha and author Eiichiro Oda, alongside Adelstein (Good Behavior, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Snowpiercer) will be serving as executive producers on the series.
“I’ve been a fan of One Piece for 20 years. I am so honored that Shueisha and Oda-san have entrusted me with such a cherished iconic property,” said Adelstein. “I will do everything in my power to make the One Piece TV series an absolute success. While I expect this to be one of the most expensive shows ever done in television, the worldwide interest is tremendous and will be well worth the financial commitment.”
Why so expensive? It deals with a lof of wooden ships and a metric ton of water. Shooting on water is never cheap.
“It is a great honor for Shueisha to collaborate with Tomorrow Studios on the One Piece live-action TV series,” said Hiroyuki Nakano, Editor-In-Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump at Shuiesha. “Marty understands the original comics and has the same vision as us for the live-action adaptation. We trust that he and his team at Tomorrow Studios will be able to produce a TV series reflecting Eiichiro Oda’s vision.”
“I received numerous offers for live action adaptations for One Piece. Three years ago, I finally decided to take a step forward on a live-action adaptation,” said Oda.
“After twists and turns, I met the right partner. It is a great coincidence yet pleasure that I’m able to announce the live action adaptation today on the 20th anniversary of One Piece. The first condition I presented is that ‘the live-action will be faithful to the fans who have supported One Piece for 20 years.’ I expect to hear worries from fans but more than that, I’m looking forward to hearing the excitement. Stay tuned for more news on the project!”
With Tomorrow Studios developing both Cowboy Bebop and One Piece, there’s sure to be a lot of interesting information coming up in the near future.
Now… how do you handle Chopper?
Source: Deadline .