Top 10 fun facts about Netflix’s One Piece live-action adaptation from sets and concept art to new cast

Concept art for the Baratie, floating restaurant/ship for One Piece.
Concept art for the Baratie, floating restaurant/ship for the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece. Pic credit: Netflix

Eiichiro Oda’s fantasy, nautical, adventure manga One Piece is getting its next adaptation in the form of a live-action TV series produced by Tomorrow Studios and Shueisha (who publishes the manga). The TV series is set to premiere on Netflix and features an ensemble cast – Inaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, Jacob Romero Gibson, and Taz Skylar as members of the Straw Hat Pirates.

The story focuses on a young boy, who accidentally gained the properties of rubber when he ate a Devil Fruit. As a child, Luffy admired a powerful pirate named Red-Haired Shanks and decided that he would eventually leave the island where he grew up in order to become a pirate too. As a teenager, Luffy decides to leave the East Blue Sea and set out to find a mythical treasure that supposedly belonged to the deceased King of the Pirates Gol D. Roger. Whoever finds “One Piece” will become the next King of the Pirates!

Tomorrow Studios, Shueisha, and Netflix are working together to bring Oda’s unique fantastical world to life in the best way possible. The amount of time and effort that is being spent on the sets shows how serious this team is about pleasing the One Piece fandom. This live-action adaptation promises to be one of the best anime adaptations ever made. In my list, I will reveal some fun facts you may not yet know about the production of the live-action TV series One Piece, which will be sure to surprise you.

10. Eiichiro Oda will act as executive producer

On July 21, 2017, Hiroyuki Nakano, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump announced that Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios) and Shueisha would begin the production of an American live-action TV adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s Japanese manga series One Piece as part of its 20th-anniversary celebrations. Eiichiro Oda will be working alongside Tomorrow Studios CEO Adelstein and Becky Clements as an executive producer to ensure that the world of One Piece is brought to life accurately.

9. The plot of the series will begin with the East Blue Saga

The East Blue Saga is the introductory saga of the One Piece series where Monkey D. Luffy meets Shanks as a young boy living in East Blue. Luffy’s adventure begins during this saga, which is made up of six story arcs, and it is during this saga that he recruits most of his crew. The story arcs that will most likely be shown in the TV series are Romance Dawn Arc, Orange Town Arc, Syrup Village Arc, Baratie Arc, Arlong Park Arc, and Loguetown Arc.

The saga begins with a dramatic flashback to the execution of the Pirate King Gol D. Roger. Before he dies he yells out to the crowd to go out and search for his treasure if they want it, and tells them he left it at “One Piece”. Roger’s final words spark a Golden Age of Pirates where countless pirates raise their flags and race to find the Pirate King’s treasure first.

The East Blue Saga focuses on Luffy setting off for the Grand Line, gathering his crewmates, and earning himself a bounty of 30,000,000 berry in the process. Luffy decides he needs a crew of at least 10 comrades and sets his sights on a pirate hunter and swordsman named Roronoa Zoro first. After he saves Zoro’s life he manages to convince the stoic man to join the Straw Hat Pirates and they head off in search of One Piece. Along the way and as they have various adventures along the Grand Line they pick up new crewmates: Ussop – a sniper and compulsive liar, Nami – a money-obsessed thief and skilled navigator, and Sanji – a girl crazy yet chivalrous chef.

8. The series will be filmed in beautiful, exotic Cape Town, South Africa

Picture of Cape Town, South Africa where One Piece will be filmed.
Photo of Cape Town where the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece will be filmed. Pic credit:

In January 2020, Oda revealed that Netflix ordered a ten-episode first season. That doesn’t sound like many episodes, but since they’re building the sets for Arlong Park and the Baratie we know that at least those two amazing story arcs will get their time to shine.

On May 19, 2020, producer Marty Adelstein was interviewed by Syfy Wire and revealed that the TV series would be filmed in Cape Town at Cape Town Film Studios. Cape Town is the perfect rustic, nautical, and otherworldly place to film One Piece.

The filming was set to begin in August 2020 but was delayed until September 2020 due to COVID-19. Around this time all ten scripts had already been written and casting was set to begin in June. In September 2020, executive producer and writer Matt Owens stated that casting had not yet commenced. Now that we know who has been cast in the main roles, fans are glad they didn’t rush this procedure.

7. Steven Maeda will be the showrunner of One Piece

In March 2021, when production started up again it was announced that Steven Maeda would be One Piece’s showrunner. Maeda is an American television producer and screenwriter who has written episodes of TV series such as Harsh Realm, the X-Files, CSI: Miami, Lost, and Day Break. Maeda then revealed the series would have a codename – Project Roger. On January 31, 2022, Maeda announced that principal photography had begun.

6. Marc Jobst will direct the pilot

On September 23, 2021, it was revealed that Marc Jobst would direct the pilot, episodes 1 and 2 of the series. On May 8, 2022, Jobst announced he’d wrapped up filming on May 7 and that the entire ten episodes would be done by July 10, 2022. Marc Jobst is a director and producer known for Daredevil (2015), The Punisher (2017), and The Witcher (2019).

5. Project Roger has a cool logo

The official logo for the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece.
The official logo for the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece. Pic credit: @onepiecenetflix/Twitter

In September 2021, the upcoming TV series One Piece revealed its official logo, which features 3-D graphics that hint at One Piece’s evolution from 2D to 3D.

4. The Straw Hat Pirates are amazingly cast

Wanted Posters featuring the actors and actress who will play the Straw Hat Pirates.
Wanted Posters featuring the actors and actresses who will be playing the Straw Hats. Pic credit: @onepiecenetflix/Twitter

In November 2021 the main cast portraying the Straw Hat Pirates was revealed and a series of wanted posters featuring the actors and actresses were unveiled. Inaki Godoy will star as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romer Gibson as Ussop, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.

Their faces, the size of their mouths and hands, their auras, the way they carry themselves, their voices, their acting skills, their height, and their chemistry with each other as the close friend unit known as the Straw Hat Crew is perfect. We decided on this cast after having international auditions. These actors and actresses will become the Straw Hat Pirates! It will take a bit more to get this show done, but we’ll continue to do our best to deliver a show that we’re confident will be enjoyed by everyone around the world! Look forward to more updates about One Piece in the future!

Eiichiro Oda praised the casting for the Straw Hats at Paramount/CBS Interactive.

3. The villainous pirate casting is spot on

Pictures of the actors who will play Arlong, Koby and Garp in the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece.
Picture of the actors who will play Arlong, Koby, and Garp. Pic credit: @onepiecenetflix/Twitter

In March 2022, Netflix added Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelys Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, Vincent Regan as Garp, and Peter Gadiot as Shanks.

Actors and actresses cast in the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece.
Pictures of the actors and actresses who will play Captain Morgan, Kaya, Klahadore, Chef Zeff, Mihawk, and Nojiko in the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece. Pic credit: @onepiecenetflix/Twitter

In June 2022 the additional casting of Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, Celeste Loots as Kaya, Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore, Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff, Steven Ward as Mihawk, and Chioma Umeala as Nojiko was announced.

2. The One Piece concept art is incredible

Concept art for the Baratie's dining room for the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece.
Concept art for the Baratie dining room with intricate detail for the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece. Pic credit: Netflix

During Netflix Geeked Week 2022, a new video was released giving a first look at the concept art and sets for the upcoming live-action One Piece TV series. You can see how passionate the concept artists are about bringing Oda’s world of One Piece to life in their attention to detail and the cool added additions to make the world feel more authentic.

Netflix trailer featuring an inside look at the sets and concept art for the upcoming live-action One Piece TV series.

1. They’ve spared no expense for creating the sets and pirate ships

Real life recreation of the Baratie, floating ship/restaurant for the upcoming live-action One Piece TV series.
Real-life recreation of the Baratie, floating ship/restaurant for the upcoming live-action One Piece TV series. Pic credit: Netflix

After watching the video and seeing how the actual ships featured in One Piece are being built, it’s easy to understand why Tomorrow Studios CEO Adelstein said that the production cost for the live-action One Piece TV series would set new records.

Personally, I believe the expenses will be worth it and it will be incredibly fulfilling to see Oda’s unique world of One Piece brought to life so accurately. Are you excited about the upcoming live-action TV series One Piece? Are you happy with the casting for the Straw Hat Pirates? Let us know in the comment section below!

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