Press Release Claims Chinese Live-Action "One Piece" In Development - UPDATED

A press release purportedly by Shanghai Minghuan Investment Co. has announced that the company has bought the rights to produce a live-action adaptation from creator Eiichiro Oda for 1.6 billion Yen (US$ 15.1 million).

A press release purportedly by Shanghai Minghuan Investment Co., Ltd. has announced that the company has bought the rights to produce a live-action adaptation of One Piece from creator Eiichiro Oda for 1.6 billion Yen (US$ 15.1 million).  The release goes to to say that hero Monkey D. Luffy will be played by Masataka Kubota, the top pick in an online poll of who should play the character.

 

Charlotte Purin, described as the heroine, would be played by Xie Leilei, a member of the Chinese Idol Girl Group GNZ48. She is called as The Girl from One Piece by her fans due to her resemblance to the character.

 

 

UPDATE:

One Piece Podcast is saying:

Individuals close to the One Piece franchise in Japan have spoken to us and our contacts and have outright denied the claims of a live-action One Piece movie as stated in Business Wire and Yahoo News’s press release. As of now, no such movie is under production, according to the sources close to Shueisha and Toei. 

 

via Business Wire


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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