Yes, there will be a live-action TV adaptation of "One Piece." And no, it won't be by a Japanese studio.
Last July 21, Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano announced the news during the commemoration of "One Piece's" 20th anniversary.
Details are scant as of this writing, but The Japan Times reports that Shueisha Inc., the publisher of Weekly Shonen Jump, and Eiichiro Oda, the creator of "One Piece," will partner with Tomorrow ITV Studios led by executive producer Marty Adelstein.
Adelstein's filmography includes shows such as "Prison Break," "Teen Wolf" and "Last Man Standing." ITV Studios will also work on a live-action adaptation of "Cowbop Bebop," in partnership with Midnight Radio and Sunset, Inc.
In a written statement, Adelstein says:
"I have been a fan of 'One Piece' for 20 years. It is an honor to be entrusted with such an important work by Shueisha and Mr. Oda. I am enthusiastic to give my all to make 'One Piece' succeed. I think this project could set a new record for the highest production cost in television drama history. The work's worldwide fame merits this scale of production."
Likewise, Oda stressed that the TV show was greenlighted on the condition that "it never lets down the fans that have been supporting the series for 20 years."
According to Nakano, numerous offers have been made over the years to adapt "One Piece" for live-action, but they've all been turned down for one reason or another. "This time, it's finally come to the point where we can make an announcement," Nakano says. "This means that we consider the project this time to have exceeded our expectations… so please look forward to it."
"One Piece" follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his band of Straw Hat Pirates, who search for the titular treasure in the hopes of becoming the next Pirate King. The manga has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since July 19, 1997, and has printed 320,866,000 copies worldwide as of December 2014, setting a Guinness World Record for "most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author."