A Gorillaz movie is finally in the works, with co-creator Damon Albarn confirming that he is working on a new feature film with Netflix.
During an interview with Apple Music, frontman Damon Albarn revealed that the animated band Gorillaz is collaborating with Netflix on a new film, which is currently being written:
“I’m on Netflix because we’re making a Gorillaz feature film with Netflix,” he said. “We have a writing session in Malibu this afternoon.”
– Damon Albarn Unofficial (@DamonUnofficial) November 10, 2021
Now, it looks like Gorillaz is getting ready to make a movie. And it is already gaining momentum as Albarn confirms that they are in the process of writing it. “It’s really exciting to do that,” Albarn added. “It simply came to our notice then. “He’s been through so many incarnations, honestly, Gorillaz is making a movie.”
According to Albarn, this is not the first time Gorillaz has explored a film or television project. In 2017, co-creator Jamie Hewlett said that a A ten-episode animated series was in the works, which is probably now canned. Hewlett also revealed that an animated film was previously in the works with Dreamworks, but this project was eventually canceled because “it was too dark to spend a few hundred million dollars”.
Represented by cartoon characters rather than real-life musicians, Gorillaz consists of 2-D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle – with vocals on their albums by Damon Albarn, Phil Cornwell, Remi Kabaka Jr. and guests.
As for why the movie finally went on Netflix, it seems that the band’s co-creator thinks it fits the project. “Netflix, I do not know,” Albarn said. “Apart from them, some running [LA] now, […] “They just look like a ‘good creative team,’ you know?”
Little else is known about the upcoming film and no release date has been set yet – Albarn himself declined to say more in the interview.
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