Finally, a Gorillaz movie is in the works, and co-creator Damon Albarn confirmed that he is working on a new feature film project with Netflix.
During an interview with Apple Music, frontman Damon Albarn revealed that the animated band Gorillaz is working with Netflix on a new movie, which 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.”
– Unofficial Damon Albarn (@DamonUnofficial) November 10, 2021
Now, it looks like Gorillaz is getting another shot at making a movie. And it’s already gathering momentum when Albarn confirms they’re in the process of writing it. “It’s really exciting to do that,” Albarn added. “It is something we have wanted to do for a long time. He’s been through so many incarnations, Gorillaz making a movie, honestly. “
As Albarn mentions, this isn’t the first time Gorillaz has explored a movie or television project. In 2017, co-creator Jamie Hewlett said that a ten-episode animated series was in the works, which presumably has now been canned. Hewlett also revealed that an animated film was previously in the works with Dreamworks, but that project was eventually canceled because “it was too dark to spend a couple hundred million dollars.”
Gorillaz, which is represented by animated characters rather than real-life musicians, is made up 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 has finally made its way to Netflix, it seems the band’s co-creator feels it’s a good match for the project. “Netflix, I don’t know,” Albarn said. “Apart from them, a kind of execution [LA] now, […] They seem to be a ‘good creative team’, you know? “
Little else is known about the upcoming film and a release date has yet to be set – Albarn himself declined to say more in the interview.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.