One single episode cost millions of dollars
One Piece live action is among those few adaptations from an anime which work and for various reasons. The makers have spent millions behind one episode and way more overall to make it possible. The journey is set to continue for a new season and while all is merry, the budget of the show will shock you. Millions of dollars were spent behind one episode alone.
So, what was the budget?
Collider quoted a report stating that One Piece live action cost USD 18 million per episode. It is undoubtedly one of the most expensive shows ever made but we have not even reached the total amount spent behind the entire first season. The eight-episode series cost whopping USD 144 million for the entire season one of One Piece. The makers are now planning a second season and the budget is likely to be either the same or more, for now, renowned actors hope to be a part of the series after seeing its massive success on the web. This is unlike the previous live action shows on Netflix. Some of these include Death Note and Cowboy Bebop.
Other expensive shows on OTT
One Piece has exceeded the budget of The Sandman, Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian. They were made under USD 15 million per episode. Meanwhile, House of the Dragon was made in USD 20 million per episode, WandaVision USD 25 million and Stranger Things USD 30 million per episode.
Where was the money spent
The show saw Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Mackenyu as Zoro, Jeff Ward as Captain Buggy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero as Usopp and Taz Skylar as Sanji. Their salaries made up for some budget of the show. However, most of it went behind the VFX, which was well appreciated. The show was shot in parts of South Africa, Spain and Mexico.