For One Piece fans, your worst nightmare or biggest dream is officially coming true. According to new reports from Yahoo! Japan, Eiichiro Oda has confirmed One Piece will be getting a live-action Hollywood adaptation in the form of a TV show.
The television series was just announced as part of One Piece's 20th anniversary. Tomorrow Studios will oversee the project, and fans will know the studio from Prison Break. Marty Adelstein, who was the executive producer on Prison Break, will be in-charge of One Piece moving forward.
For fans, the announcement of a One Piece TV show is something to fret about. Hollywood does not have a stellar track-record with anime adaptations, and One Piece is about as popular as anime gets. Eiichiro Oda's franchise just celebrated its 20th anniversary this week, and the creator has poured his entire life to the Straw Hat Pirates. With 800 anime episode and even more manga chapters to cover, One Piece is not a simple show to adapt, and Hollywood will be challenged hard to treat the adaptation right.
This is not the first live-action anime adaptation to be announced this year. Several weeks ago, fans learned that another classic anime series would be coming to Hollywood. News broke that Cowboy Bebop would be getting the Hollywood treatment with an adaptation of its own.
Continue checking back here at ComicBook for more updates about the One Piece adaptation. Oda is expected to release a statement about the adaptation and reveal his possible involvement with the series in the coming days.
Viz Media’s synopsis for One Piece can be read below:
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber—at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, Luffy sets off in search of the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world…
Eiichiro Oda began his manga career in 1992 at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga Wanted! won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. His pirate adventure One Piece, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, quickly became one of the most popular manga in Japan.