Interesting perspectives Randy.
Appreciate it Greg, great interview with Crunchy btw. Really feels like us long-timers have a deeper appreciation Arlong Park and Nami's backstory than everyone else who gets to just binge straight through now. I see so much talk about the Robin and Brook flashbacks, but the Nami and Chopper ones will always be top dog for me.
Iconic, stand alone works of art.
I think maybe the better comparison right now is a puppet like The Child from The Mandalorian.
Chopper is 250x more complicated than Baby Yoda. He moves, he speaks, he runs, he has facial expressions, he transforms.
The Child sits in his floating bassinet, blinks, and waves his hands occasionally.
Do you guys think we may hear some casting news by the end of the month or they'll wait till the beginning of next year
Not until Covid-19 has a stronger handle and the vaccine has been spread to a sufficient amount of the population.
Casting works like this: (Completely hypothetical scenario based on experience)
If "Actor A" is hired to play Luffy in One Piece but also has a commitment to "Movie X" – the goal is for "Actor A" to be able to do both.
The plan is for One Piece to shoot from "Month 2" to "Month 8"
"Movie X" doesn't start until "Month 9" and will shoot until "Month 12"
Shows inevitably go over their schedule and have reshoots so Producers and Assistant Directors of both productions will work on the schedule of each production to make the shooting days make sense for the actor to do both projects without conflict.
Now, if a wrench is thrown into the mix (...like a pandemic) in "Month 1" then suddenly the timeframe says that One Piece will wait and now start in "Month 5" and go until "Month 11"
But since "Movie X" wasn't affected as much, their plan is to still shoot starting in "Month 9" -- Creating a scheduling conflict.
Now the actor cast as Luffy, stuck with his commitment to the "Movie X" considering they didn't change their schedule is set to keep that commitment and must now drop out of the role of Luffy.
Leaving One Piece to recast the role to "Actor B", redact public statements about "Actor A" playing the role and deal with internet backlash from all sides. Including, but not limited to, "Actor A was so much better!!" "Actor B sucks!!" "I like Actor B better, this is great" "This guy doesn't know what he's talking about, Actor A is best" "I don't know why they didn't just wait until Actor A was available" etc.
The point is, that it's all a business, and bad press can have an effect on that business. So instead of getting everyone hype on casting news and then having to change it later if their schedule aligns with another production-- they're just not casting. Or they're not telling us to prevent exactly that backlash.