A Gorillaz movie is finally in the works, and co-creator Damon Albarn confirms he’s working with Netflix on a new feature-length project.
During an interview with Apple Music, Front man Damon Albarn revealed that the animated band Gorillaz is working with Netflix on a new film that is currently in the writing phase:
“I’m on Netflix because we’re doing a full-length Gorillaz movie 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 will get another chance to make a movie. And it is already picking up speed when Albarn confirms they are about to write it. “This is really exciting,” added Albarn. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s been through so many incarnations that Gorillaz made a film, to be honest. “
As Albarn points out, this isn’t the first time Gorillaz has been investigating a film or television project. In 2017, co-creator Jamie Hewlett said that a Animated series with ten episodes was in the workswhich was presumably now canned. Hewlett also revealed that an animated film was previously in the works with Dreamworks, but that project was ultimately canceled because “it was too dark to spend a few hundred million dollars”.
Represented by animated characters rather than real musicians, Gorillaz is made up of 2-D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle – voiced on their albums by Damon Albarn, Phil Cornwell, Remi Kabaka Jr., and guests.
Why the film ultimately went to Netflix looks like the band’s co-creator thinks it goes well with the project. “Netflix, I don’t know,” said Albarn. “Apart from the fact that they somehow run [LA] now, […] they just seem like a ‘good creative team’ you know? “
Little is known about the upcoming film and a release date has not yet been set – Albarn himself did not want to say more in the interview.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment writer and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.