Animated band Gorillaz gets a long Netflix movie

A Gorillaz movie is finally on the way, with co-creator Damon Albarn confirming that he’s 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 that is currently in the writing phase:

“I’m at Netflix because we’re making a full-length Gorillaz movie with Netflix,” he said. “We have a writing session in Malibu this afternoon.”

Now it looks like Gorillaz is getting another shot at making a movie. And it’s already gaining momentum as Albarn confirms they’re writing it. “It’s really exciting to do that,” Albarn added. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. It’s been through so many incarnations, Gorillaz makes a movie, honestly.”

As Albarn mentions, this is not the first time Gorillaz has explored a film or television project. In 2017, co-creator Jamie Hewlett said that one ten-episode animated series was in the works, which is probably now canned. Hewlett also revealed that an animated film was previously working on Dreamworks, but that project was eventually canceled because “it was too dark to spend a few hundred million dollars on.”

Gorillaz line-up.  LR: 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, Russel.

Gorillaz line-up. LR: 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, Russel.

Gorillaz, who is represented by animated characters rather than real-life musicians, consists of 2-D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle – with voices on their albums by Damon Albarn, Phil Cornwell, Remi Kabaka Jr. and guests.

As for why the film eventually went to Netflix, it seems the band’s co-creators feel it fits well with the project. “Netflix, I do not know,” Albarn said. “Except they’re running [LA] now, […] they just seem like a ‘good creative team’, you know? ”

Little else is known about the upcoming film, and a release date has not yet been set – Albarn himself declined to say more in the interview.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.

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