Eiichiro Oda's One Piece is being developed as a live action teleision series, reports Deadline. The series is being developed by Prison Break producer Marty Adelstein through his Tomorrow Studios shingle, along with Oda and his long-time publisher, Shueisha.
“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!”
Adelstein is the co-founder of Endeavor Talent Agency, and has produced numerous television series beyond Prison Break including Teen Wolf, Aquarius, and the upcoming Snowpiercer.
“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.”
First launched in 1997 in Weekly Shonen Jump, One Piece has become one of the largest-selling manga of all time - 416 million copies at last count by Shueisha.
“It is a great honor for Shueisha to collaborate with Tomorrow Studios on the One Piece live-action TV series," said Shuiesha's Editor-In-Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump Hiroyuki Nakano. "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.”