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One Piece season 2 scripts are already written and ready to film, say producers

 Split image featuring Monkey D. Luffy from Netflix's One Piece
Split image featuring Monkey D. Luffy from Netflix's One Piece

One Piece producers say scripts for season 2 have been written, and that a new crop of episodes could be ready for air in a year.

“We’ve got scripts ready,” Marty Adelstein, CEO of production company Tomorrow Studios, told Variety. "I think [Netflix is] looking at various situations about how many episodes they do, do they break them up? I think they’re trying to figure that out this week. I suspect we’ll hear from them in the next week to two weeks. There seems to be a big impetus to keep this going and to come up with a long-term strategy. So we’re just waiting for that."

Netflix is usually quick to renew its big hits, and with One Piece breaking a streaming record held previously by Wednesday and Stranger Things – a season 2 renewal has got to be on the way. Both the streamer and Tomorrow Studios took a big hit with the ill-received Cowboy Bebop live-action series, but have absolutely redeemed themselves by creating a faithful adaptation that captures the spirit of Eiichiro Oda's creation.

"Realistically, hopefully, a year away, if we move very quickly, and that is a possibility," Tomorrow Studios president Becky Clements said of season 2 progress. “Somewhere between a year and 18 months, we could be ready for air."

The eighth and final episode of season one ended on something of a cliffhanger, with a new villain being mysteriously introduced before the credits rolled. Showrunner Steven Maeda clarified to GamesRadar+ that was an intentional move to set up a second season.