Tomorrow Studios President Becky Clements and CEO Marty Adelstein recently revealed that Netflix’s “One Piece” could go on for many more seasons.
“We have hopes for 12 seasons, there’s so much material,” Adelstein said, with Clements continuing, “We have plans with [writer] 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.”
Their path forward: Clements shared that the show’s producers have already had “thorough” conversations with Netflix, manga publisher Shuheisha and series creator Eiichiro Oda about Season 2 and “less extensive conversations about where we would go for season three to six.”
Clements and Adelstein also shared the moments during filming when they had a feeling that the live-action adaptation of “One Piece” would do well despite online backlash prior to the show’s premiere.
“I think the first week of shooting, we had Iñaki Godoy on wires, flopping around across the deck of Alvida’s ship,” Clements told Deadline. “When you have a crew of a 100 laughing and clapping, seasoned people who have seen just about everything, you know that you’re doing something unique.”
“I’m not a huge fan of watching 35 takes of the same scene over and over again. But when I saw that cast, when they came together, I watched every frame of every daily because they were just so bonded and so special together,” Adelstein was quoted saying. “Each one of them had their own qualities that they brought to the role. It was really just a joyful thing to watch.”
They are prepared: Clements and Adelstein previously revealed that they have already prepared a script for Season 2. They said that they are waiting for Netflix to give the green light for renewal and for the SAG-AFTRA strike to be resolved before they can begin production, which could happen as early as 2024.