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One Piece Director Marc Jobst On Adapting the Unadaptable


Not even Marvel could prepare Netflix’s One Piece director Marc Jobst for the fandom expectations to come.

One Piece. (L to R) Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami in season 1 of One Piece.
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This article contains spoilers for One Piece episode 1.

Marc Jobst has built a rich career out of the wide variety of heightened genre television that he’s directed. Jobst was involved with some of the strongest original Marvel series on Netflix like Daredevil and The Punisher, while also tackling some of the streaming service’s other prestige fantasy properties like The Witcher and Jupiter’s Legacy. Jobst has dabbled in some extremely exciting worlds across these many series, but none compare to the epic undertaking that he’s experienced in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of anime sensation, One Piece.

Marc Jobst, working alongside One Piece’s executive producers Matt Owens and Steven Maeda, has helped bring to life a special world of superpowered pirates that many said was impossible. Jobst directed One Piece’s first two episodes and in honor of the show’s premiere, he gets candid with Den of Geek on the show’s unique obstacles, finding the grounded human element in extreme genre material, and the special lens that he created to help do One Piece’s visuals justice.

JUPITER’S LEGACY (L to R) Director MARC JOBST in episode 107 of JUPITER’S LEGACY Cr. STEVE WILKIE/NETFLIX © 2021

Den of Geek: Your directing career started in more grounded dramas, but how did you make the shift towards more heightened genre material? Was this always the direction that you wanted to go down?

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