Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the animated music group Gorillaz, has told Exclaim.ca that an animated television series will make its debut in 2018. Hewlett will direct some of the episodes:
I'll direct the first and the last one, but we'll have to get someone in to direct the other episodes. I think even attempting to do it all by myself will kill me.
As for the art style, it will be the classic two-dimensional:
They'll be that way from now on. I think it's a beautiful style of animation. Everybody does CG now, and it is great when you're making backgrounds, like environments and landscapes, but not the actual characters. I'm still very much inspired by the work of Chuck Jones, and I love that animation. It's art. I'd like to keep the characters in that style for the rest of this campaign. So the characters on the show will be 2D, but everything else is up for grabs.
Murdoc, 2D, Noodles and Russel will all be hand-drawn illustrations, but other mediums might be used outside of that:
It could be real footage with real people talking to the characters. We'll have guest appearances in the series by various artists that appear on the album or whoever we happen to write into the series. Or it could be a mix of collage and photography and a bit of CG as well.
Besides the new album, Humanz, that just dropped… the upcoming tour and TV series, what else is in the works for Gorillaz:
We also have a clothing company that I've designed all of the clothes for, which are being manufactured at the moment. We're doing everything we can with Gorillaz, but it's a lot of work and responsibility. Unfortunately, I'm still the only artist on this project. I don't have anybody who draws like me, so I've struggled to keep up the demand for artwork.
Gorillaz new album Humanz is available now.