The news of live-action adaptation of popular anime One Piece broke on the 20th anniversary of its manga. The news spread across the world in no time and the fans started doubting the decision of Hollywood adaptation of the series.
One Piece mangaka Echiro Oda later reassured his fans on Friday by commenting:
"In the last 20 years the conversation about a live-action adaptation has come up many times. I decided to go forward with the adaptation about three years ago. There were many twists and turns. I met a good partner. Today is just about the 20th anniversary. The announcement of the new work is actually just a coincidence. I am very happy. Firstly, I will never betray the fans who have supported me for 20 years. This is my condition. There may be many who are uneasy, but please, give me your voices of hope. Please be excited for the follow up reports. Please look forward to it!!”
The live-action will be produced by Prison Break and Teen Wolf producer Marty Adelstein. He tried to convince the OP fans to have faith in him. Adelstein said:
"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."
One Piece has been serialised in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997, with the chapters collected into 85 tankōbon volumes to date.
The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King.
Sources: ANN , Comic Book