Netflix is ready to adapt some of the biggest anime franchises to the live-action world, with Eiichrio Oda A piece being an upcoming project that will provide fans with a ten-episode series that will introduce an all-new Luffy and his friends within the Straw Hat Pirates. Although production on the series has been delayed in the past thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like 2022 is the year the cameras will roll on the show that will adapt the East Blue saga.
For those who might not have been following the cast of Straw Hat Pirates for the upcoming live-action adaptation, Luffy and his crew were revealed with Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp and Taz Skylar as Sanji. While fans might get nervous about a new live-action take on the world of Grand Line, creator Eiichiro Oda has already confirmed that he’ll be acting as the show’s producer, bringing the spirit of many fans at ease when it comes to this new take on the classic Shonen franchise.
Production Weekly shared the news that One Piece The live-action series will begin filming in Spring/Summer of this year, with filming taking place in South Africa which will reportedly follow the events of the East Blue Arc and bring together the Straw Hat Pirates for the first time.
This won’t be the first time Netflix has created a live-action series using an anime series as its source material, with the most recent version of Cowboy Bebop causing all the controversy with its recent cancellation. Although the Bebop story may have come to an end on the streaming service, Netflix is currently working on other such properties via the likes of Avatar The Last Airbender and Yu Yu Hakusho to name a few. It will certainly be interesting to see if A piece is able to succeed where Spike and his fellow bounty hunters failed.
Are you excited about this new version of Luffy and his friends? Do you think live-action anime adaptations should continue? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of Grand Line.