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Live-Action One Piece Showrunner Says Eiichiro Oda Was Tough at First

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Matt Owens, the co-showrunner for Netflix’s live-action One Piece adaptation, has made it clear he’s a fan of the series. And he says that’s why he was terrified approaching One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda about doing an adaptation.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous for anything in my entire life,” he confessed in an interview published by SFX. “Here was this person who has created this story I hold so much love and reverence for, and I’m asking him to trust me with his baby.”

Despite Owens’ nerves, Oda did give the green light for this adaptation, and Oda is personally involved. And it sounds like Oda made sure his wishes were known for the series.

“I’m not going to lie, he was tough in the beginning – this wasn’t the first attempt at a live-action One Piece, and we weren’t the first people to try to express it in a new way,” Owens revealed. “But I think once he realized we were coming from the right place – trying to protect this series and create a new avenue for even more people to fall in love with it – he started to trust us.”

The live-action One Piece will begin streaming on Netflix this August 31.

VIZ Media publishes the One Piece manga and gave this description for the first volume:

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. But his life changed when Luffy accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his adventure…one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

Source: GamesRadar


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