The adventures of the piratic Monkey D. Luffy will soon be heading to television screens worldwide in the form of a live-action One Piece adaptation announced by Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano at the franchise’s 20th anniversary celebration. The series will be produced by Tomorrow Studios in partnership with Prison Break producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios. Tomorrow Studios also recently announced it will produce a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.
One Piece is a media franchise that charts the adventures of the elastic Monkey D. Luffy as he searches the high seas for the legendary One Piece artifact and claim himself King of the Pirates. The franchise began as a manga created by Eiichiro Oda in 1997 and still runs to this day. One Piece has seen numerous media adaptations since the manga was first published. Production company Toei has overseen 13 One Piece films and an animated television series that has run consistently since 1999, racking up 800 episodes to its name.
This is the first time One Piece has been adapted into a foreign live-action series. The manga was adapted into a live-action Japanese series that followed a boy who consumed a Gum Gum Fruit, causing his limbs to become elastic – a situation and affliction shared by One Piece’s protagonist. Details on the number of episodes and actors attached to the new adaptation have yet to be revealed.
Tomorrow Studios has recently made a name for itself in adapting foreign properties into television shows for Western audiences. In the past few years, the production company has announced television adaptations of the Swedish novel Let the Right One In and the Korean film Snowpiercer are in the works.
(via Anime News Network)
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