Netflix Exec Reveals Oda’s Involvement in One Piece Live-Action Series

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Netflix’s live-action One Piece series is yet to be released, nor is there a lot of info about it currently. Though a new interview with a Netflix executive revealed the extent to which series creator Eiichiro Oda is involved with the One Piece live-action series.

Specifically, a podcast interview with Netflix Original Series Director Ted Biaselli revealed that Oda is heavily involved with the upcoming series.

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He mentioned some specific details about what Oda said to the show’s production team while the development of the show was ongoing.

Everything We Know So Far About Netflix’s One Piece Live-Action Series

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The One Piece live-action series is produced by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios – the same production team behind the Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation.

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This upcoming series was announced officially by franchise creator Eiichiro Oda back in early 2020. Though the series only went into production early this year, with filming happening in South Africa.

While filming has wrapped up, Netflix has yet to release a trailer for the upcoming series.

Given this, it’s expected that the show is still far from its release.

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A few months ago, Netflix shared a quick behind-the-scenes video for the series, which features Godoy along with the showrunners, Matt Owens and Steven Maeda.

Netflix’s One Piece series stars Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Mackenyu as Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji, and Peter Gadiot as Shanks.

ALSO READ: One Piece Live-Action Cinematographer Shares How Series Will Differ From Anime

Eiichiro Oda’s Involvement in One Piece Live-Action Series

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For starters, Biaselli mentioned first that the Original Series team of Netflix feels a lot of pressure when adapting beloved properties, especially given that a live-action adaptation cannot be a one-to-one recreation of the original.

While some live-action shows only have the original creator as a consultant, according to Biaselli, Eiichiro Oda had a lot of back-and-forth discussions with the production team of the One Piece live-action series.

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Specifically, Biaselli said that Oda has a clear vision for his story.

There were even moments when Oda told the team that the show's direction “was not the point” when discussing certain parts of the story.

Though Biaselli also mentioned that the process had a lot of give-and-take given how different a live-action adaptation is from a manga series.

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Given how deeply involved Oda seems to be in the series, here’s hoping that the series will satisfy fans, especially considering lots of live-action anime adaptations aren’t received well.

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