The producers behind the successful debut of the live-action series of Netflix“one pieceThey announced that the scripts for a possible second season are complete and that the production could be “ready to air” within a year, once recordings can start. Marty Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studioswhich is producing the live-action series in collaboration with the manga’s creator, Eiichiro Odaand the publisher Shueishaconfirmed the news.
Although production on a potential second season won’t be able to begin until the writers’ and actors’ strike is resolved, becky clementspresident of Tomorrow Studios, mentions that once they are allowed to resume, the second season could be released as soon as next year. “Realistically, hopefully, a year from now, if we fast forward, and that’s a possibility.Clements said. “Somewhere between a year and eighteen months, we could be ready to go on the air.“.
Although the renewal for a second season has not yet been officially announced, Adelstein and Clements point out that all indications point to it being a reality. Clements said: “They keep it, as you know, a secret until after launch. But with Netflix’s support of the title, we expected it to be number one and we think their research and algorithms probably saw that possibility. But in our post-launch calls, we’ve been told we’ve exceeded expectations, which is also great.“.
This success is a great achievement for Tomorrow Studios, which previously had a less successful release of its live-action adaptation of “cowboy bebop” for Netflix, which was canceled less than a month after its 2021 premiere. Executives are hoping for a better fate for “One Piece.” Adelstein mentions: “I think Netflix is evaluating various scenarios as to how many episodes they will do, if they will split them up. I think they’re trying to figure it out this week. I suspect we’ll be hearing from them in the next week or two. There seems to be a lot of momentum to keep this going and devise a long-term strategy. So we’re just waiting for that“.
Adelstein stresses that the next step in proving that “One Piece” deserves a second season is to expand those initial viewership numbers by appealing to people who were unfamiliar with the manga or anime it’s based on prior to release. “I think what you need to do, and that’s what you’ve been doing, is expandAdelstein said. “We’re getting a lot of family viewing and that’s really key, bringing in non-fans and people who don’t know IP because the show stands on its own and getting people to watch it and really love it.“.