Netflix recently debuted the first season of the live-action One Piece adaptation based on the best-selling manga by Eiichiro Oda. Season 1 turned out to be a huge success, not only garnering favourable review scores but also topping Netflix’s charts in over 80 countries. While the show has yet to be renewed for a second season, the show’s producers already have plans to adapt the story for at least six seasons, though they’re actually hoping for 12 seasons.
Speaking to Deadline in a recent interview, One Piece producers Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements reiterated that the script and story for season 2 is already done but also spoke about future plans for much more seasons. “We have hopes for 12 seasons, there’s so much material,” said Adelstein.
Clements said that the scope of the manga source material already exceeds 1000 chapters and seeing as how season 1 just barely covered around 90 chapters of the manga, there’s a lot more ground to cover if they want to give the live-action series a fighting chance:
“We’re over 1,080 chapters at this point in the manga. We have plans with Matt Owens for how we would break multiple seasons, and I think even if we did six seasons, we would probably only use up half of the chapters of the manga. It really could go on and on and on.”
“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. 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.”
One Piece is currently streaming on Netflix. Make sure you also read our full review.