Gorillaz’s Netflix movie has been cancelled, says Damon Albarn

The cancellation is supposedly due to major cuts to animation at the streaming platform.

Damon Albarn has shared that the feature-length Gorillaz animated film set to release with Netflix will not move forward.

In October 2020, Albarn shared details of the film, calling it “kind of abstract”. He later confirmed that he was working with Netflix to bring the project to life.

In a new interview with Belgian publication HUMO, Albarn shared that he had been trying to make a film alongside Jamie Hewlett since 2002 before confirming that the film has been axed, stating “The streaming platform for which we were making the film has withdrawn.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.”

He added: “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.”

The band is set to release their new Cracker Island album on 24 February. Read our cover story with Gorillaz and read The Click with Damon Albarn here.