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One Piece Live Action Series Will Feature Extensive Dialogues Compared To Manga, Reveals Eiichiro Oda

In an interview with The New York Times during the recent fan screening held by Netflix in Santa Monica, Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the manga series “One Piece,” shed light on the unique approach taken in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the series.

Eiichiro Oda

Oda revealed that the One Piece live-action diverges from its source material by incorporating more extensive dialogue compared to the manga and anime. While the manga emphasized visual storytelling, the live-action adaptation places greater emphasis on conversations and interactions between characters.

Explaining the reason for this creative decision, Oda mentioned that the balance between dialogue and artwork is crucial due to space constraints when it came to the manga. He revealed that he often trims down dialogue to make room for the drawings. However, he pointed out that when it comes to live-action dramas there tend to be more dialogues to capture the realistic human interactions.

In a manga, the more dialogue you put in, the less space you have to draw, so I cut the words as much as possible. But when people actually talk, the conversations are different. In live-action dramas, there’s always a lot of dialogue. If the characters spoke in real life, their speeches would have the natural feel that’s in the scripts. I’m very happy about how that turned out.

One Piece live-action will release on Aug 31, 2023, exclusively on Netflix.

The One Piece live-action cast includes Iñaki Godoy, who portrays Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar will play Sanji. Colton Osorio will portray a young Luffy.

Furthermore, Peter Gadiot will play Shanks, Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, and Vincent Regan as Garp.

The other cast members include:

  • Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore
  • Steven Ward as Mihawk
  • Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff
  • Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan
  • Celeste Loots as Kaya
  • Chioma Umeala as Nojiko

It was previously revealed that the original Japanese voice actors will be returning to portray their characters for the Japanese dub of the live-action adaptation

The live-action will be adapting the East-Blue Saga from the One Piece manga and then “broaden from there”. Matt Owens will serve as the upcoming show’s writer, while Steven Maeda and Becky Clements will be executive producers along with Eiichiro Oda.

The soundtrack for the live action, titled “Wealth, Fame, Power,” is composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, best known for their work on “The Witcher“.

Netflix will exclusively stream the series, produced by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.

The live action adaptation was under production in South Africa since Feb 1, 2022.

Source: NY Times