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One Piece Gets Hollywood Live-Action TV Series


We are, we are, on the cruise~ to Hollywood!

Yesterday, fans gathered in Tokyo for a fan event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the One Piece manga series. At the event, Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Yoshihisa Heishi took to the stage to announce that a Hollywood TV adaptation of the franchise is in the works.

The new series will be produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and ITV Studios. This is the second Japanese franchise that’s come under Tomorrow Studios’ banner recently, as last month it was revealed that they’re working on a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga launched in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in July 1997. The series, which spans over 870 chapters and 85 volumes as of press time, has sold over 416 million books as of June, making it the best-selling manga in history. The series holds the Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.”

Since its creation, One Piece has spawned an ongoing anime TV series (800 episodes as of press time), thirteen theatrical films, and over three dozen video games.

Viz Media currently holds the domestic rights to the One Piece manga, while Funimation has the anime rights. Viz describes the series as:

In a world of pirates, one man wants to become the greatest of them all: Monkey D. Luffy, who gained strange powers from eating the cursed Gum-Gum Fruit! As a child, Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. Now, Luffy is grown up and sets out to sea in a rowboat, in search of One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world! But is Roronoa Zoro, the pirate hunter, a friend or a foe?

Sources: Oricon, Comic Natalie

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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