One Piece fans, get hyped! The live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s beloved manga is coming to Netflix, and production is currently going. There are a total of ten episodes ordered so far, and it will be produced by Tomorrow Studios and publisher Shueisha, the same studio behind Netflix's Cowboy Bebop adaptation. Here's everything we know about Netflix's One Piece so far.
Since One Piece made its debut on July 22, 1997 in an issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, over 1,000 chapters of the manga have been published, along with 95 volumes, and it's still ongoing. One Piece is also one of the highest-selling manga of all time, outselling other popular titles like Naruto and Dragon Ball. This also makes the series one of the highest-grossing fictional franchises of all time, generating over $21 billion in revenue across its mangas, movies, video games, and various pieces of merchandise. The hit anime series, which hit its 1000th episode in November 2021, follows Monkey D Luffy and his trusty pirate crew on their mission to find the ultimate treasure and earn Luffy the title of Pirate King.
One Piece is also available to stream on Netflix in some regions, and the movies are only available to watch on Netflix Japan.
The live-action series was first announced in January 2020.
Here's everything you need to know about Netflix's live-action One Piece series, including release date, cast, plot, and more.
One Piece Netflix Release Date: When will it premiere?
Netflix hasn't announced an official release date for the live-action One Piece yet, but the digital platform shared a message from the series' creator Eiichiro Oda on its official Twitter account.
The update reveals the progress towards a release date is being made, stating, “It’ll take a bit more time to get this show done, but we’ll continue to do our best to deliver a show that we’re confident will be enjoyed by everyone around the world! Look forward to more updates in the future!”
The production was originally set to kick off in Summer 2020 in Cape Town following the show's initial announcement in January 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2021, Maeda shared an update on social media to reassure fans that filming had resumed.
“A year ago COVID kicked us out of our offices and delayed production. But we haven’t stopped working to bring @onepiecenetflix to life. Thanks for your patience, your questions, and many great suggestions,” he posted.
In October 2021, showrunner Steven Maeda shared a photo of himself in Cape Town, alongside the word "arrival".
In January 2022, set photos from Cape Town Film Studios in South Africa appear to reveal a first look at the pirate ships being constructed for Netflix's live-action One Piece series. The photos were taken by @Risebito and then shared by @OP_Netflix_Fan.
Update: In January 2022, Production Weekly reported that the live-action One Piece will begin filming in the spring/summer of this year, with the filming set to take place in South Africa.
One Piece Netflix Cast: Who's playing who?
In November 2021, Netflix announced the cast of its live-action adaptation of One Piece.
Iñaki Godoy will play the protagonist pirate Moneky D Luffy. The 18-years-old Mexican actor is best known for playing Bruno in Netflix's Who Killed Sara?
Alongside Godoy, joining his crew are Taz Skylar as Sanji, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Roronoa Zoro as Mackenyu. They are known as the Straw Hat Pirates.
You can watch the cast introduce themselves in this video from the official One Piece YouTube channel:
One Piece Plot - What will the story of Netflix's live-action adaptation be about?
Set in an alternate version of Earth, in the midst of the Golden Age of Pirates, ruthless pirates rule the seas, battling it out to claim the mythical treasure known as "One Piece", which once belonged to the greatest pirate of all times, Gol D. Roger. Years after the death of Roger, a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy has dreams of raising his own crew, and go in a quest to find One Piece, and declare himself as Pirate King.
After consuming a devil fruit, Luffy is bestowed the power to make his body resemble rubber, granting him the strength to set sail across the dangerous seas and battle to become the next Pirate King.
Season 1 will follow the events of One Piece's East Blue Saga and unite the Straw Hat Pirates for the first time.
In January 2022, a pirate ship has been spotted in the set of the show, and it looks like "Miss Love Duck", a vessel that has a giant duck head on the front of the ship, which is being commanded by the villain Alvida. She is the first major villain that Luffy faces in the original manga series, and it looks like the show will introduce her.
One Piece Live-Action Trailer: Has Netflix released a trailer already?
Netflix hasn't released a trailer for its live-action adaptation of One Piece yet, but you can watch the cast announcement video below: