The people behind the planned “One Piece” live-action TV series will have a daunting task of coming up with something epic, to say the least. Thankfully, a seasoned veteran has stepped up to take on the challenge.
According to a report by Variety, executive producer Marty Adelstein has signed a deal to helm the show. The show will be developed through Tomorrow Studios and in partnership with Shueisha. Working with Adelstein are “One Piece” author Eiichiro Oda and Becky Clements.
“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,” shared 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,” he added.
Despite the tall order, Adelstein may very well be the man for the job. According to a report from Deadline, Adelstein was behind some of the most successful TV shows in recent memory. Some of the titles he produced include “Good Behaviour” and “Prison Break,” which had a huge following from 2005 to 2009.
Meanwhile, Oda, the franchise’s creator, made clear his conditions for the live-action TV series. Comicbook.com reported that Oda expects a show that will live up to the standards and expectations of “One Piece” fans.
Oda said his condition is that he will never turn his back on the fans who supported him since “One Piece’s” creation 20 years ago. “There may be many who are uneasy, but please, give me your voices of hope. Please be excited for the follow up reports. Please look forward to it!!” Oda added.
He also shared that the idea of having a “One Piece” live-action show has surfaced a few times in the past two decades. However, Oda only decided to give it a shot and give the green light three years ago.