Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz have been rock popping around the globe for a little over two decades. Fans are beginning to ponder the question – Why hasn’t there been a Gorillaz movie based upon the cartoon’s of the band’s characters.
As per Movie Web, Gorillaz have been one of the fiercest forces within the rock music and genre-fusion for twenty plus years. Consisting of four fictional musicians – 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and Noodle – the band was masterminded by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, and artist Jamie Hewlett. Albarn is responsible for crafting the musical identity of Gorillaz, while Hewlett takes care of visuals, story, and other artistic endeavors.
On top of their early breakout singles “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.”, Gorillaz built a dedicated fan base and continue to find tremendous success. Their most recent album Cracker Island marked the band’s first Number 1 album since 2005’s Demon Days.
Considering how prominent a role the visuals and story play in the overall presentation of Gorillaz, it’s somewhat surprising that there hasn’t been a film or animated series involving the group. While fans have gotten a taste of what a Gorillaz movie could feel like through the band’s numerous eccentric music videos, Albarn and Hewlett have aspired to bring a Gorillaz movie or series to life for a while now. The idea for a film centered on the virtual band has been bouncing around essentially since the group’s debut in 2001. Several studios have expressed interest in the project over the years, yet it has never actually made it to screens.