Every day, it feels like we get one piece at a time of the puzzle which is Netflix’s live-action adaptation of One Piece. After dropping a first look with a poster just a few weeks ago, the project has once again gone silent. It is, admittedly, more than you’d get with other shows from the streaming service this long before even a release date is set, but it does seem like we continue to grasp for straws on whatever information we get.
Luckily, it seems the project is slowly moving towards the finishing line, as the WGA, short for Writers Guild of America West, has been updated for the upcoming series. It includes seven episodes so far but lists up to eight episodes for the season. This isn’t the first time it gave us a full writers list, as the same happened for Moon Knight last year in February ahead of its release. Going by the WGA entries, it seems that the writers for the upcoming episodes are the following:
- Episode 1 – Teleplay by Matt Owens & Steven Maeda
- Episode 2 – Written by: Ian Stokes
- Episode 3 – Written by: Matt Owens & Damani Johnson
- Episode 4 – Written by: TBA
- Episode 5 – Written by: Laura Jacqmin
- Episode 6 – Written by Steven Maeda and Diego Gutierrez
- Episode 7 – Written by: Tiffany Greshler & Ian Stokes and Allison Weintraub & Lindsay Gelfand
- Episode 8 – Written by Matt Owens and Steven Maeda
Matt Owens and Steven Maeda are the showrunners of this live-action adaptation. It’s interesting they write the finale and pilot, which is called a “teleplay” in comparison to the rest. They also are involved separately again in the third and sixth episodes. Owens has quite the track record of having worked Luke Cage as a writer and was even a story editor on Agents of SHIELD and The Defenders.
Maeda has quite a history with series like The X-Files, Lost, Lie to Me, CSI: Miami, and more. They are joined by Ian Stokes, who also was a writer on Luke Cage, Teen Wolf, Warehouse 13, and Iron Fist. Episode 3 writer Damani Johnson worked on Salvation, Major Crimes, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and more.
Laura Jacqmin has some gaming experience with Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier but also worked on We Broke Up and was a story editor on Grace and Frankie. Diego Gutierrez worked on series like V, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, The Shield, Warehouse 13, and more.
Episode 7 had quite a few writers working on it including Helix and Underground writer Tiffany Greshler. Allison Weintraub has worked on series like The Umbrella Academy, Prince of Peoria, and Supergirl. Last but not least, Lindsay Gelfand is also a fellow The Umbrella Academy and Supergirl alum, but also worked on Manhattan Love Story.
So, the series has quite a variety of talented writers on board to help bring the Straw Hats’ adventures to live-action. It’s interesting that the fourth episode is seemingly still missing, but that may get updated at a later point.