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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage's Matt Owens to Pen Script for Hollywood One Piece Project

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Writer has also worked on The Defenders

This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Matt Owens (Agents of Shield, The Defenders, Luke Cage) is penning the script for the live-action Hollywood television series adaptation of the Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga.

Owens provided a statement for the project (translated from Japanese):

One Piece is my absolute favorite story in my life. It is my greatest honor to have the trust of Oda-sensei, Shueisha, and everyone at Tomorrow Studios to be appointed to this great role of adapting this magnificent and heart-pounding adventure into live-action. I want to display my great passion and make a story that is faithful and exciting, and will satisfy long-time fans and will also attract new fans.

Producer Marty Adelstein also provided a statement on the new news (translated from Japanese):

When I first heard Matt's presentation of his vision for the work, I thought he was the perfect person to take on this project. What is the most impressive and important to me is that he is a true One Piece fan. I am very excited I can work with Matt, who has an overflowing talent as a scriptwriter.

The magazine's 33rd issue had teased that the 34th issue would feature the "latest information" about the Hollywood project. The live-action adaptation was announced on the manga's 20th anniversary on July 22, 2017.

Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios, will produce the adaptation. Adelstein commented on the project in July 2017, stating "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." Adelstein later stated in December 2017 that the series promises to create "a true One Piece" after he discussed the project with Oda personally. The series will start with the East Blue arc and will "broaden from there."

Oda himself commented in July 2017 that his condition for the project was that the project "will never betray the fans who have supported me for 20 years."

Oda began serializing the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump on July 19, 1997 (although the issue was dated with July 22), and Shueisha published the manga's 93rd volume on July 4.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 34

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