While we wait for our first look at the series, a new interview with the One Piece live-action series’ cinematographer revealed how the show will be different from the anime.
Recently, Filmmakers Academy released an interview with Nicole Hirsch Whitaker, the cinematographer of Netflix’s live-action One Piece series. There, Whitaker shared some interesting insights on the upcoming series.
When talking about the live-action series, Whitaker was asked about what it was like to adapt an animated series, especially one as beloved and as long-running as One Piece.
To start, Whitaker revealed that she watched the 1,000+ episodes of the anime. While it may seem like a daunting task, it was not too hard for her as she was already familiar with the manga given that she read it to her son before this project.
While there’s a lot of material to draw upon, a live-action adaptation can’t be wholly accurate to the source material. And that, according to Whitaker, is one of the biggest challenges of the show’s production.
Specifically, she and the director wanted it to stand out on its own instead of being a carbon copy of the anime. Because of this, they reference different films along with photography to serve as a basis for the show’s look.
Aside from visuals, Whitaker also mentioned how the story serves as the key component of the series. She also hopes that One Piece gains a new audience with this upcoming adaptation.
The One Piece live-action series is produced by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, the same production team behind the Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation which was released last year.
First announced in 2020, filming began earlier this year in South Africa and has wrapped up recently.
In response, several cast members shared their messages of thanks to the rest of the cast and crew.
Netflix’s live-action series stars Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Mackenyu as Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji, and Peter Gadiot as Shanks.
As for the source material, One Piece is an ongoing manga series by Eiichiro Oda that has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since July 1997. Since then, the series has become one of the biggest media franchises ever.
Not only is it the best-selling manga series of all time, but it has also expanded to a long-running anime adaptation, films, games, and more.
Right now, there is no announcement yet on the One Piece live-action series’ release date. Though there are rumors that it will premiere sometime in 2023.