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Damon Albarn reveals Gorillaz film is no longer going ahead with Netflix

21 February 2023, 15:59 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Damon Albarn has given an update on the Gorillaz film that was in the works with Netflix, revealing that it's no longer happening.

Back in November 2021, Albarn revealed to Zane Lowe that a "full-length Gorillaz film" was in the works with Netflix, and he's since provided an update to the Dutch-language HUMO Magazine, saying the streaming service has let the project go.

Albarn said (using Dutch to English translation), "The new record came about because Jamie and I were often in Los Angeles. We were working on a Gorillaz feature film, which will never happen."

When asked if the film has been scrapped entirely, Albarn responded, "Yes. That is to say, and without naming names because the whole matter has not yet been settled: the streaming platform for which we were making the film has withdrawn. They started to panic because they were making too much content and decided to cut back on their movie offerings. And, as has been classic Hollywood practice for decades, the guy we were working with has moved on to another company. From then on you have lost your guardian angel, and there seems to be a bad smell hanging on you. Hollywood is quite territorial: if a new guy comes along, he must and will have a different opinion, even if he secretly agrees with his predecessor."

This Friday, 24 February Gorillaz will release their new album Cracker Island.

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