Published Nov 10, 2009Animated pop group Gorillaz haven't released an album of original material since 2005's Demon Days, but creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are in collaboration once again, this time on an opera. It will be the pair's second operatic outing, the follow-up to Monkey: Journey to the West, which they released in 2007 with Chinese director Chen Shi-zheng.
For this latest creative endeavour, Albarn and Hewlett will be working with acclaimed graphic novelist Alan Moore, creator of V for Vendetta, Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and From Hell.
In a recent interview with Mustard [via TwentyFourBit], Moore revealed that he had been approached to write the libretto (opera-speak for lyrics) for Albarn and Hewlett's new project. In return, Moore made the Gorillaz creators an offer of his own, requesting that they contribute a few pages to his new zine Dodgem Logic.
Meanwhile, Albarn and Hewlett are also busy working on the third Gorillaz album, which is tentatively titled Plastic Beach and is expected sometime next year.