It’s not like there haven’t been efforts before to bring the magic of manga and anime to the world of live-action through various adaptations in the past, but they either were not up to the mark or just plain bad. However, Netflix’s adaptation of One Piece seems to have finally broken the curse as it has become one of the most loved live-action adaptations of an animanga in history.
And with the success of the first season reaching astronomical heights in such a short span of time, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind whether there will be a second season for the show or not. But what many people are now starting to believe is that if they follow through with this, then they may incur a curse that plagued another Netflix series in the past.
Netflix’s One Piece Might Succumb To The Stranger Things Curse
Against all odds and expectations, the runaway success that Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Mangaka Eiichiro Oda‘s One Piece saw was something that was a first of its kind, and with that success, comes the opportunity for the show to grow to astronomical proportions in the future, especially since Tomorrow Studios, the studio behind the show has already finished with the script for the second season. But many people are now pointing out a problem that can come to haunt the recently released show in the future.
Talking with Variety in a recent interview, the CEO of Tomorrow Studios Marty Adelstein talked about how they are ready to go with the production of the second season of the show that features Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy but points out the issue of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that have complicated things for the production to initiate. He speculates that even if they were to begin the shoot now, it wouldn’t be possible to bring the next season out in another 12 to 18 months, which is the biggest problem.
Seeing the trajectory of the production, many fans call this phenomenon the Stranger Things curse. This curse is what happens when the production takes years to complete a season, between which the cast grows in age and brings about the disruption in the timeline in terms of their appearance. The only way to tackle this problem is to ramp up the production schedule and shoot multiple seasons back-to-back, which poses the problem of a drop in quality, something that was noticed with the Millie Bobby Brown starrer.
Seeing as Oda’s story spanned for more than a quarter of a century and still going, the live-action would have to kick production in high gear in order to catch up while still maintaining the quality of the show if it wants to maintain its reputation.
What’s Next For Netflix’s One Piece?
With such a positive reaction and exciting reviews that the live-action One Piece is still receiving from new watchers as well as fans of the anime and the manga, it’s confirmed that the anticipation and hype for the next season are legit, and people are demanding it left and right. And seeing this, Tomorrow Studios is also excited to bring it to them.
Seeing as the first season only covered the East Blue Saga from the story, there is still a whole new world for the members of the Straw Hat Pirates to explore, including the addition of new members to their pirate crew.
One Piece, streaming on Netflix.