The producer behind the curtains for One Piece: Red has recently revealed all the requests the series creator Eiichiro Oda has been receiving for the new film before it has begun its production. It was an official announcement in 2021 that the next movie in the franchise was already in the works, and while Oda has not yet penned the story for the movie similar to what he’s been able to do in the past, Oda has been recently involved with the new production quite a lot. Oda is also serving as an executive producer on the new film, and the creator has also been involved with the film’s production from the very beginning and even has had a few requests for the new film before it got its filming started.
Oda talks about One Piece: Red
At Toei’s 2022 film lineup press conference, Toei Animation Shinji Shimizu opened up about One Piece: Red (as reported by Anime News Network), explaining that Oda has had two requests for the new film until now. The first was to bring in a director who isn’t really involved with the anime (which has already happened with Code Geass franchise director Goro Taniguchi when he signed on to direct the film), and the second time was while making sure that a female character necessarily had a vital role in the new film. Fortunately, both requests have been filled until now.
As Shimizu explained, Toei Animation followed through on both the requests of Oda for the new film by signing Taniguchi as the director, keeping in mind his relationship with Oda in the past years as one of the very first animators to bring Luffy to screens. Secondly, Shimizu also admitted that there was some trouble in ensuring that a female character had a significant role. While he did note, that it was tough at first, screenwriter Tsutomu Kuroiwa was able to eventually make it work.
At the moment, it also seems Oda is more involved in the production of this new film, and while there is a lot that we don’t know about what to actually expect, it won’t be very long before the film goes on to hit the theaters. We still do not have an international release date yet but One Piece: Red is currently slated for a release in Japan around August 6th. What do you think? What are you hoping to see in One Piece’s next movie?