Following the success of its smash-hit first season, One Piece has already got finished scripts for its second season ready to shoot, and fans could expect to see episodes “ready to air” a year after the strikes end.
Speaking to Variety, producer and CEO of Tomorrow Studios Marty Adelstein explained that they have “got scripts ready” for a new season of the show, which is based on the manga and anime by Eiichiro Oda and produced with Oda alongside Shueisha Publishing.
Becky Clements, president of Tomorrow Studios, hinted that One Piece series two could hit Netflix in 2024 – depending on how long the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes continued.
“Realistically, hopefully, a year away, if we move very quickly, and that is a possibility,” Clements confirmed. “Somewhere between a year and 18 months, we could be ready for air.”
“They keep it, as you know, close to the vest until post-launch,” Clements continued. “But with Netflix’s support of the title, we expected it to be number one, and we sensed their research and algorithms probably saw the possibility for that. But in our subsequent calls post-launch, we have been told that we have exceeded expectations, which is also fantastic.”
Netflix has yet to officially announce a renewal of the show, but judging by the debut series of One Piece‘s success, it wouldn’t be surprising. The show recently beat viewing records on the streaming giant, topping numbers previously reached by Stranger Things and Wednesday.
During its opening weekend, the new show climbed to the #1 most-viewed series in 84 countries. On top of that, it had unconditional praise from creator Edo, who singled out the casting of Netflix’s live-action adaptation as “perfect”. Watch the trailer below.