Hollywood is cursed when it comes to anime. The medium is one that western studios fail to do right, and otakus shudder at the thought of live-action adaptations. Films like Dragonball Evolution and Ghost in the Shell did make fans jaded. But, when it comes to One Piece’s adaptation, a producer wants fans to not worry so much.
Marty Adelstein is the man tasked with bringing Monkey D. Luffy to life, and the executive producer released a statement to reassure worried fans.
“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,” the executive said.
“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.”
If you are not familiar with Adelstein, then you should know the producer has worked on other notable projects. The producer oversaw work on Good Behavior, and he will team up with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda to bring its live-action project to life.
In fact, Oda has been very involved in bringing One Piece to the world of live-action. The artist released a statement not long after the adaptation was announced, and Oda also tried to quell fears longtime fans have about One Piece going Hollywood.
“In the last 20 years the conversation about a live-action adaptation has come up many times. I decided to go forward with the adaptation about three years ago. There were many twists and turns. I met a good partner. Today is the just about the 20th anniversary. The announcement of the new work is actually just a coincidence. I am very happy. Firstly, "I will never betray the fans who have supported me for 20 years." This is my condition. 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!!”