In a recent interview with Deadline, One Piece live-action series’ executive producers, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, talked about the future plans for the series, including how long they hope it will go on for.
According to the interview, the producers hope One Piece live-action series will go on for 12 seasons, as as there was a vast amount of material in the manga to work with.
“We have hopes for 12 seasons, there’s so much material,” said Adelstein.
Clements went on to reveal that they had covered over 1,080 chapters at this point, and even if they were to do six seasons, they believe they would only cover half of the manga’s content, indicating the potential for a long-running series.
“We’re over 1,080 chapters at this point in the manga.. We have plans with Matt Owens for how we would break multiple seasons, and I think even if we did six seasons, we would probably only use up half of the chapters of the manga. It really could go on and on and on.“
Moreover, Clements also confirmed that the content for these six seasons is concrete, while emphasizing that they are closely working in collaboration with Netflix, manga publisher Shueisha, and Eiichiro Oda.
Clements, however, added that they have had more extensive discussions about what they would do in Season 2 and less extensive ones about seasons three to six.
The producers also reassured fans that they are committed to preserving the essential stories and characters that fans hold dear.
“Everything we do is in concert with Netflix, [manga publisher] Shueisha and Oda-san, they are a part of that conversation. We’ve definitely had more thorough conversations about what we would do with Season 2 should we have the opportunity, and then less extensive conversations about where we would go for season three to six. The one thing I would say, we’re all unified in the parts of the manga that you just absolutely cannot eliminate, and that’s our guiding principle, the stories that we know and the characters that we know are important to the fans. So that really is the start in breaking future seasons. It will require a lot of conversations, but we feel lucky to have the roadmap.“
Netflix’s live action adaptation of One Piece started streaming on the platform from Aug 31, 2023.
The cast includes Iñaki Godoy, who portrays Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar will play Sanji. Colton Osorio will portray a young Luffy.
Furthermore, Peter Gadiot will play Shanks, Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, and Vincent Regan as Garp.
The other cast members include:
- Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore
- Steven Ward as Mihawk
- Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff
- Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan
- Celeste Loots as Kaya
- Chioma Umeala as Nojiko
It was previously revealed that the original Japanese voice actors will be returning to portray their characters for the Japanese dub of the live-action adaptation
The live-action will be adapting the East-Blue Saga from the One Piece manga and then “broaden from there”. Matt Owens will serve as the upcoming show’s writer, while Steven Maeda and Becky Clements will be executive producers along with Eiichiro Oda.
The soundtrack for the live action, titled “Wealth, Fame, Power,” is composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, best known for their work on “The Witcher“.
Netflix will exclusively stream the series, produced by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.
The live action adaptation was under production in South Africa since Feb 1, 2022.