Netflix’s One Piece Season 2 is on the way. Being such a massively successful series, there’s already an abundance of cast, story, and release date speculations. The live-action series traces the journey of Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. The first season of the live-action revolved around Luffy gathering members for the Straw Hats and embarking on an adventure to find Gold Roger’s treasure, the One Piece, on the Grand Line.
The cinematographer for One Piece live-action shared some details regarding the development of Season 2 of the series. She also talked about her thoughts on the success of Season 1.
When will Netflix’s One Piece Season 2 be released?
Producers of Netflix’s One Piece revealed that Season 2 has already been written completely. This implies that it’ll save a significant amount of time in the pre-production process. One of the biggest hurdles for the production of Season 2 was the dual strike of WGA and SAG-AFTRA. This rose due to the fact that the AMPTP didn’t want to pay their writers and actors their deserving remunerations. Now that the strike is finally over on 27th September 2023, Season 2 of One Piece Live Action isn’t far.
How is the development of Netflix’s One Piece Season 2 proceeding?
According to Nicole Hirsch Whitaker, the cinematographer for One Piece live-action, the development has been processed pretty far already.
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker was the director for the first two episodes of Season 1 of Netflix’s One Piece. The showrunners of the series have started writing the upcoming season prior to the Hollywood writers’ strike. Speaking with The Direct, it was revealed that, “Well, they definitely started writing and then the strike happened”
“There’s so much material to be made based on the show,” Hirsch Whitaker continued with The Direct while speaking on the only challenge that stands against the team is “[having] to do it fast before [the cast] gets too old.”
“[For] Season 2, there’s just, there’s so much material to be made based on the show. It’s gonna be like ‘Harry Potter’ though, they’re gonna have to do it fast before everybody gets too old.”
One of the primary factors for a live-action series to get instant approval for season 2 is the position critical response. Hirsch Whitaker also talked about the reaction to the first season. She told The Direct, “I was so excited when I saw Rotten Tomatoes. 95%. I mean, that’s huge. It’s even higher than ‘Star Wars.’ It’s amazing. I was really excited.”
Netflix has quite a terrible reputation when it comes to adapting anime into live-action series. However, One Piece was their getaway ticket, as it got delightful responses from both fans and critics.
“It was a real challenge. My director, Marc and I talked a lot about how we would incorporate the manga and anime into the live-action version, taking it from 2D to 3D, bringing the color to life, the energy to life. So we spent a lot of time trying to figure that out. And we were really lucky because we had about a year of prep before we started. We had a lot of time to talk about things and bounce ideas off of each other. And I’m really happy with how it all came together with everybody involved. Obviously, it wasn’t just us.”
Hirsch Whitaker told The Direct about the process of developing the series and making sure it was a success. Their main motive was to adapt the manga and anime into live action rather than creating something targeted at Western audiences only.
Source: The Direct