Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Update: Deadline reports that Netflix has ordered ten episodes of One Piece, with Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) serving as the writer, showrunner, and executive producer and Matt Owens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage) on board as a writer/executive producer. It’ll be a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, and another instance in which those companies pair to adapt a beloved anime series as a live-action series following their work on the upcoming Cowboy Bebop. Our original article from 2017 continues below.
One Piece is one of the most popular — and baffling — anime staples in Japan. While the wacky, surreal pirate romp hasn’t quite accumulated the same amount of fervor over in the United States as it has in Japan, it’s still one of the most well known anime properties today. And it’s still going, 20 years after its inception. That’s unheard of, even in the anime world. It can be chocked up to just how obsessed Japan is with One Piece — when I went to Japan last year, there were entire stores dedicated just to One Piece. Not anime, One Piece. It’s a phenomenon all on its own.
So for a show of such pop culture impact as One Piece, the only logical next step is…an American TV series?