Ever since Netflix announced it’s live action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga, fans have been eager to know how faithful the show will stay to the source material.
And according to recent reports, the live-action adaptation won’t be a carbon copy of the original work.
Nicole Hirsch Whittaker, the cinematographer of the upcoming series, is familiar with the source material. Not only has she read the manga to her son, he also has caught up on over 1000+ episodes of the One Piece anime.
In the numerous back and forth collaborations that she had with the showrunners/director, they came to the conclusion that they wanted the One Piece live action series to stand out on its own rather than being a carbon copy.
She compares this to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has an enormous audience and has done an excellent job to adapt the characters to “fit the culture of the day”.
“There will always be fans and critics. You can’t please everyone but at the heart of it, the most important thing is the story. And if the story isn’t there, and that doesn’t grab the viewers, it doesn’t matter what you do. We can only hope that we’re going to gain a new audience and people that find it fascinating and interesting,” Nicole said.
However, given the fact that Oda is serving as an executive producer, and Shueisha is one of the production companies involved in the series along with Tomorrow Studios, fans can be assured of the plot being in safe hands.
The live action adaptation was under production in South Africa since Feb 1, 2022. It wrapped up shoot recently and bid its cast goodbye.
The One Piece live-action cast includes Iñaki Godoy, who portrays Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar will play Sanji. Colton Osorio will portray a young Luffy.
Furthermore, Peter Gadiot will play Shanks, Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, and Vincent Regan as Garp.
The other cast members include:
- Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore
- Steven Ward as Mihawk
- Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff
- Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan
- Celeste Loots as Kaya
- Chioma Umeala as Nojiko
The live-action will be adapting the East-Blue Saga from the One Piece manga and then “broaden from there”. Matt Owens will serve as the upcoming show’s writer, while Steven Maeda and Becky Clements will be executive producers along with Eiichiro Oda.
Netflix will exclusively stream the serie, produced by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios. The first season will have ten episodes.