One of Japan’s most popular manga and anime series, One Piece, is getting a live-action television adaptation, it has been announced. According to The Japan Times, Tomorrow ITV Studios will be taking on the project, which is led by Prison Break executive producer Marty Adelstein.
Adelstein has said in a written statement to the publication that he’s been a One Piece fan since its inception and feels honored that he was handed the project. He also said that the adaptation’s production costs may set a new record.
The announcement marks One Piece‘s 20th anniversary. Creator Eiichiro Oda said that his one condition for making the drama is that “it never lets down the fans that have been supporting the series for 20 years,” reports The Japan Times.
“There have been offers from various directions about live-action before but they did not really get settled for a number of reasons,” added Shonen Jump’s editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano. “This time, it’s finally come to the point where we can make an announcement.”
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[Source: The Japan Times]