The official Twitter account for the Hollywood live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga made a thrilling announcement on Thursday. Netflix has enthusiastically greenlit the series for a much-anticipated second season. The announcement video not only includes a special message from the manga’s original creator, Oda, but also treats fans to an enticing teaser illustration featuring none other than the beloved Tony Tony Chopper.
This highly-anticipated series made its grand debut exclusively on Netflix on August 31. However, it’s worth noting that the series consisted of eight episodes, which is a slight departure from the initially reported ten episodes. Nevertheless, fans have been treated to more One Piece goodness than expected.
Adding to the excitement, the series’ captivating soundtrack, which boasts the mesmerizing main theme “WEALTH FAME POWER,” composed and brought to life by the talented songwriters and music producers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli (known for their work on The Witcher), was also launched on the very same day as the series premiere.
The live-action cast includes:
- Emily Rudd as Nami
- Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro
- Taz Skylar as Sanji
- Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy
- Morgan Davies as Koby
- Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp
- Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida
- Aidan Scott as Helmeppo
- McKinley Belcher III as Arlong
- Vincent Regan as Garp
- Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff
- Peter Gadiot as Shanks
- Colton Osorio as Young Monkey D. Luffy
- Celeste Loots as Kaya
- Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore
- Steven Ward as Mihawk
- Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan
- Chioma Umeala as Nojiko
The Japanese voice actors reprised their iconic roles for Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji in the One Piece TV anime, ensuring continuity in the Japanese dub. In the Spanish version, Iñaki Godoy and Taz Skylar lent their voices to Luffy and Sanji, respectively.
Securing the top spot in its debut week, the series garnered a remarkable 18.5 million total views, accumulating an impressive 140.1 million hours of viewership with an average runtime of 7 minutes and 34 seconds. The show maintained its dominance, ranking first once more in the second week, amassing 19.3 million total views, with viewers dedicating 145.7 million hours to it, all while maintaining the consistent 7-minute and 34-second runtime.
The live-action adaptation was brought to life by Tomorrow Studios, a collaboration between renowned producer Marty Adelstein (known for his work on “Prison Break” and “Teen Wolf”) and ITV Studios. Responsible for crafting the show’s narrative, the talented Matt Owens (notable for “Luke Cage” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) took on the role of the series’ writer. Leading the production were executive producers Steven Maeda and Becky Clements.
In an impactful video message unveiled at Jump Festa in 2017, Adelstein announced that the Hollywood live-action television adaptation of the manga would commence with the East Blue arc and then expand its horizons. Promising to deliver an authentic One Piece experience, Adelstein’s personal discussions with Oda had solidified their commitment to this ambitious project.
Source | One Piece live-action series’ Twitter account