Netflix has canceled its upcoming Gorillaz movie amid budget cuts. The animated film, set to be produced by the virtual band and written by their co-creator Jamie Hewlett, was announced in May last year. At the time, they reported that the movie would be a “dark and twisted” tale set in the future. However, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed that it had canceled the project. “Gorillaz is not currently in production on a new movie,” the spokesperson said. It needs to be clarified why the movie was cancel, but the budget cuts Netflix has been making in recent months likely are to blame. The streaming service has been scaling back its spending to improve its profitability. This isn’t the first project to be cancel due to budget cuts. In December, after two seasons, Netflix pulled the plug on its planned sci-fi series, Sense8.
Netflix has announced that it has canceled its planned Gorillaz movie due to budget cuts. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
The movie, directed by Jamie Hewlett, announced in 2016 and was set to be a “mixture of 2D and 3D animation.” It needs to be made clear how far along in production of the movie was.
This is not the first time that Netflix has canceled an animated movie. In 2017, the streaming service withdrew an animated film based on the popular video game Minecraft.
It needs to be clarified if Netflix will try to find another home for the Gorillaz movie or if the project is completely dead.
The budget cuts that led to the cancellation
It’s been a tough few weeks for fans of the virtual band Gorillaz. First, they had to say goodbye to bassist Murdoc Niccals. Then, just days later, it announced that the long-awaited Gorillaz movie was cancel.
The news shocked many, especially considering the band had been working on the project for over a decade. So what led to the sudden cancellation?
According to reports, the budget cuts that Netflix has been implementing recently played a big part in the decision. With the streaming service looking to save money wherever possible, they were unwilling to invest the necessary funds into the Gorillaz movie.
This is a shame, as the movie shaped into something extraordinary. We can only hope that another platform picks up the project and gives it the backing it deserves.
The reaction from fans of the movie
Fans were understandably disappoint when news broke that Netflix had canceled the Gorillaz movie. The animated band, created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, has a vast and passionate following, and a feature-length film would have a dream come true for many.
Unfortunately, it seems that the budget for the movie was too high for Netflix, and the company decided to pull the plug. This decision met with anger from Gorillaz fans, who took to social media to voice their frustration.
Some fans blamed Netflix for not understanding the band’s appeal, while others blamed Damon Albarn for not being willing to compromise on the budget. Regardless of who is to blame, it’s clear that fans are deeply disappoint that the movie is no longer happening.
Another studio may pick up the Gorillaz movie, but fans must content themselves with the band’s music and videos.
The future of the Gorillaz movie
The Gorillaz movie was suppose to released on Netflix, but the streaming service has decided to cancel the project amid budget cuts. The film was in development for several years and is still being determine if or when it will released.
The Gorillaz is a virtual band create by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett in 1998. The band comprises four animated members: 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs. The Gorillaz have released six studio albums, and their music has featured in numerous films and television shows.
The Gorillaz movie was first announce in 2016 and supposed to release in 2017. However, the release date pushed back to 2018 and 2019. There has yet to be a word on when the movie will released if it ever is.
The movie was suppose to be a mix of live-action and animation, and it was going to directed by Pete Candeland and Jamie Hewlett. The plot was suppose to revolve around the Gorillaz trying to escape from a virtual world.
It needs to be made clear how much the movie would have cost, but it is rumored that Netflix was unwilling to spend the amount that Albarn and Hewlett were asking for.
Netflix has not released a statement about the cancelation of the Gorillaz movie, and it is unclear if the project is completely dead or if another studio will pick it up.