Netflix ‘One Piece’ Live-Action Series: Everything We Know So Far

A live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s beloved manga is coming to Netflix. The series is produced by Tomorrow Studios, which is the company behind Netflix’s cancellation. cowboy bebop adaptation. It’s now been over two years since the series was first announced, here’s the latest on everything we know so far about A piece on Netflix.

As franchises progress, A piece is one of the most beloved and recognized manga series of all time. Since its debut on July 22, 1997 in an issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, 969 chapters of the manga have been published, along with 95 volumes and counting.

A piece is also recognized as the best-selling manga of all time, surpassing the likes of dragonball, Golgo 13and naruto with over 462 million copies sold. It also makes A piece one of the highest-grossing fictional franchises of all time, generating over $21 billion in revenue across its multiple manga, movies, video games, and various other merchandise.

Netflix’s live-action series was first announced in January 2020 with the following text:

one piece ad

One Piece announcement – ​​Picture: Netflix


One Piece will premiere at Netflix’s Geeked Week 2022

Before we dive into everything known so far about the series, we know when we’ll be getting our next batch of information and that’s at Netflix’s Geeked Week in early June 2022.

We are waiting for news A piece information on June 6, 2022 which will be the day the Netflix series slate will be presented.


What is the story of A piece?

The story of A piece takes place on an alternate version of Earth, and one that is currently in the midst of the “Golden Age of Pirates”. Ruthless and ruthless pirates rule the seas, and only the strongest have the chance to claim the mythical treasure known as ‘A piece‘ which was left behind by the greatest pirate of all Gol D. Roger. Years after the death of Gol D. Roger, a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy dreams of raising his own crew, finding A pieceand declaring himself as Pirate King.

After eating a Devil Fruit that gives Luffy the power to turn his body into rubber, it gives him tremendous strength and agility. When Luffy finally comes of age, he leaves Foosha Village in East Blue and embarks on his grand adventure to become the next Pirate King.

A young Luffy eats the Gum-Gum Fruit – Copyright. Toei-Animation


Who is behind Netflix’s One Piece series?

As we mentioned above, the main production company behind the series is Tomorrow Studios. Their notable projects include Hana for Prime Video and snowdrops for DTT. Of course, the production company also prepares cowboy bebop for Netflix too.

This brings us to our showrunner for the series.

Steven Maeda will be the showrunner of One Piece. His long career has led him to compete in titles like X files, Lost, Lie to me, Helix and Break of the day.

Steven Maeda Showrunner One Piece

Steven Madea picking up a One Piece sweater

Among the editors of A piece understand :

  • Diego Gutierrez
  • matt owens
  • Allison Weintraub
  • Ian Stokes
  • Lindsay Gelfand
  • Laura Jacqmin
  • Jason Cho
  • damani johnson
  • Tom Hyndman

The writers spent their last time together during a virtual Zoom meeting in May 2020.

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One Piece Writer’s Room – Photo: Steven Madea Instagram

Marc Jobst should direct the first episode of A piece. He has notably directed episodes of Netflix daredevil, The Punisherand the witcher.


Where is A piece in production and when will it be released on Netflix?

Filming was a long time coming, and if not for the global pandemic, we likely would have seen production begin in the summer of 2020. Since then, we’ve had multiple delays and false start dates for filming.

The majority of filming is taking place at Cape Town Film Studios, which have ample space for the pirate ships and, according to a person familiar with the production, they have three pirate ships made for the show so far.

cape town film studios beach set

Set details for One Piece

According to Steven Maeda, they originally planned to start production in 2021.

“We have pretty much all 10 scripts written. We’ll start casting when we get back. I suspect June 1, but we’re going to start casting. We have a lot of names we’re talking about, and we should be in production in September [2021]. We worked closely with Sensei Oda. So, let’s start, and this one is really big. I want to say, snowdrops was a big production; it’s even bigger.

However, those plans have apparently been pushed back as we started seeing fans spotting the ongoing production throughout February and into March 2021. You can see some of the behind-the-scenes shots we found online below:

On September 3, 2021, Netflix officially unveiled the storyline for the first episode. It is written by Matt Owens and Steven Maeda and is titled “Romance Dawn”.

In September 2021, reports surfaced of a crew preparing to begin filming.

In early October 2021, Steven Maeda announced that he had landed in Cape Town (where the series was to shoot).

Filming finally began in February 2022, and the show is set to wrap on July 10, 2022 according to multiple production listings.

Within the first month of production, the South African president issued a press release talking about the show saying “One Piece is Netflix’s biggest production project in Africa to date – both in terms of scale and budget, covering South African manpower, infrastructure and suppliers.”

He also added:

“One Piece, set in Cape Town, involves over 50 South African actors; more than 1,000 crew member jobs (composed of 67% previously disadvantaged and 46% young employees), as well as an Academy of Creative Excellence (ACE) mentorship program for more than 30 young creatives and technicians in collaboration with the SA Film Academy during 2022.”

On May 8, 2022, Marc Jobst, who is directing episodes 1 and 2 of the series, announced that those first two episodes had wrapped filming on May 7.

In a follow-up tweet, Jobst said:

“Goodbye South Africa. Land of sunshine, hard work, little creatures that visit every day, and mountains that take my breath away every day. Thank you to the incredibly talented team that helps bring this show to life.
Now let’s move on to the next step… the cut”


Roll for A piece Netflix adaptation

one piece netflix cast

Ahead of the casting announcement, the casting grids revealed some of the characters who will be featured and their age ranges, including:

“Luffy – 17 years old, Hispanic/Latino
Zoro – 18 years old, Asian
Nami – 19 years old, any ethnicity
Usopp – 17 years old, Black
Sanji – 19 years old, any ethnicity
Garp – 55-79 years old, any ethnicity
Koby – 16 years old, any ethnicity”

In November 2021 we had the first round of casting for A piece.

While we have a full breakdown of the first set of castings separately, here’s a breakdown of the main castings:

  • Iñaki Godoy will play Monkey D. Luffy
  • Mackenyu will play Roronoa Zoro
  • Jacob Gibson will play Usopp
  • Emily Rudd will play Nami
  • Taz Skylar will play Sanji

Iñaki Godoy spoke to Vanity Teen about playing the show’s main character, saying:

“Embodying a character like Luffy is one of the greatest honors of my career and I know this experience will stay with me forever, regardless of the outcome.”

The cast was expanded in March 2022 with 6 additional members.

These include:

  • Morgan Davies (they) will play Koby
  • Ilia Isorelýs Paulino will play Alvida
  • Aidan Scott will play Helmeppo
  • Jeff Ward will play Buggy
  • McKinley Belcher III will play Arlong
  • Vincent Regan will play Garp

Moreover, we know:

  • Peter Gadiot will play Shanks
  • Sven Ruygrok will play Cabaji
  • Len-Barry Simons will play Chu
  • Richard Wright-Firth will play the Ukkari master
  • Jean Henry will play Fullbody

How many episodes will there be in One Piece Season 1?

When the show was first announced, ten episodes were confirmed. Madea later confirmed that there were “10 scripts”.

We should probably discuss the rumors surrounding A piece be reduced to eight episodes. A cast sheet reported by Murphy’s Multiverse indicated there would be eight episodes instead of the originally planned ten. We couldn’t get confirmation on this, but we’re still waiting for 10.


Will there be a season 2 of A piece?

As we mentioned above, there is an immense amount of source material that can be covered in a live-action adaptation. In the anime, the episode count currently stands at 995, there’s no way the live-action adaptation will have that episode count. If more seasons are expected in the future, we can expect to see a lot of filler glossed over and story arcs cut out.

Although the idea of ​​cutting out one of the A piece stories can be blasphemous, how on earth can a live-action series cover 95 manga volumes in just a few seasons? Each season can cover the respective “Saga” which has a number of story arcs.

The first season of the live-action adaptation will cover the recruitment of Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji and will end with Luffy battling Arlong.


Is the original One Piece anime series on Netflix?

Netflix now has 7 seasons of the original anime series in the United States.

Seasons that Netflix US (other regions may vary) air include:

  • East Blue (61 episodes)
  • Entering the Grand Line (16 episodes)
  • Enter Chopper on Winter Island (15 episodes)
  • Alabasta (38 episodes)
  • Original TV 1 (13 episodes)
  • Sky Island: Skypiea (30 episodes)
  • Sky Island: The Golden Bell (22 episodes)

Everything Else We Know About Netflix’s One Piece

And finally, while cowboy bebop might suggest we’re getting an intro to the live-action series similar to the anime itself, we wanted to highlight that amazing intro here.


Are you looking forward to watching some live action A piece series on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

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