Netflix has picked up a second season of One Piece, its hit live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s best-selling manga.
The announcement was made via social media in a special message from Oda himself.
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“To the Straw Hat Grand Fleet: What did you think of Season 1 of the live-action One Piece? I spent a long time working on it with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. It seems people around the world have been enjoying the show, which makes the hard work from the production team truly worth it,” he said, before adding: “Two weeks after the launch, I just received some great news. Netflix has decided to renew the show! The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward!”
Oda warned fans it will “still take a while” for the scripts for Season 2, asking for patience. However, as Deadline reported earlier this week, One Piece is believed to have written material, a creative outline for where the story could go in Season 2. Writing of scripts is on hold due to the WGA strike.
“Everything we do is in concert with Netflix, [manga publisher] Shueisha and Oda-san, they are a part of that conversation. We’ve definitely had more thorough conversations about what we would do with Season 2 should we have the opportunity, and then less extensive conversations about where we would go for season three to six,” One Piece executive producer Becky Clements told Deadline earlier this week.”The one thing I would say, we’re all unified in the parts of the manga that you just absolutely cannot eliminate, and that’s our guiding principle, the stories that we know and the characters that we know are important to the fans. So that really is the start in breaking future seasons. It will require a lot of conversations, but we feel lucky to have the roadmap.”
The announcement comes shortly after the series wrapped its second week at No. 1 in Netflix’s Top 10 with another dominating performance internationally. Since debuting on the streamer on August 31, One Piece has been off to quite the promising start. In less than two weeks, it has tallied more than 38M views, which is quite a win for Netflix. There’s also been plenty of buzz on social media, indicating that the first season could see enough longevity to make it onto Netflix’s all time most popular TV list.
Based on Oda’s manga title, One Piece follows the otherworldly adventures of Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) and his pirate crew as they explore exotic islands and endless oceans in search for the ultimate treasure “One Piece” to become the next Pirate King.
The Straw Hats are played by Mackenyu (Roronoa Zoro), Emily Rudd (Nami), Jacob Romero Gibson (Usopp) and Taz Skylar (Sanji).
The cast also includes McKinley Belcher III, Morgan Davies, Aidan Scott, Vincent Regan, Jeff Ward, Craig Fairbrass, Langley Kirkwood, Celeste Loots, Alexander Maniatis, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Chioma Umeala and Steven Ward.
Steven Maeda and Matt Owens serve as writers, executive producers and showrunners. Oda, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements also executive produce.
One Piece is produced by Tomorrow Studios and Netflix in partnership with Shueisha.
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