Gorillaz co-founder Damon Albarn has confirmed that Netflix has canceled production on a feature film about the band. NME writes about it.
The streaming service stopped working on the project due to the downsizing of the animation division. Albarn stated that the film would “never happen”. According to the musician, the platform “panicked” because it was creating too much content and decided to reduce capacity.
“And, as has been classic Hollywood practice for decades, the guy we worked with moved on to another company. Since then we have lost our guardian angel. And in Hollywood, if a new guy comes into the role, he should and will have a different opinion, even if he secretly agrees with his predecessor,” Albarn said.
The frontman first announced the film in October 2020 and confirmed a year later that the band was working on it with Netflix.
Parallel to this, Gorillaz release the eighth studio album Cracker Island. It opens this Friday, February 24.
Gorillaz previously released a video for the song “Silent Running,” which dropped in late January. On the track, bandleader Damon Albarn sings along with Adeleye Omotayo, a former backing vocalist for the band who played with Amy Winehouse, and now a member of The Humanz Choir, a choir from the British group.