Gorillaz animator Jamie Hewlett said writing and animation for a feature film starring the group is in its early stages, and that the accompanying soundtrack will serve as the animated band's second a

Gorillaz animator Jamie Hewlett said writing and animation for a feature film starring the group is in its early stages, and that the accompanying soundtrack will serve as the animated band's second album. Speaking at a media event prior to Gorillaz's North American tour kick-off Saturday in Toronto, Hewlett said the film would be full-length, documenting the next 18 months of the band. "It's going to be a very dark film, perhaps with cannibals and zombies," he said. "I think it may be called 'Celebrity Harvest.'"

The press event also featured Gorillaz's four animated characters (Murdoc, D-2, Noodle, and Russell) taking questions from the media via satellite. Notably absent was group member Damon Albarn, who couldn't appear due to "unfortunate circumstances." The group's only Canadian show was made available for fans in six other Canadian cities to watch the following evening (Feb. 24) in various theaters.

Hewlett says although the popularity of the group is high, there are no plans for future merchandising such as action figures or lunch boxes. He also says that the rarities/remix album "G-Sides," due tomorrow (Feb. 26) from Virgin, has some of the "best [and] more dark" music the band has created.

The tour, which finds Gorillaz's human counterparts playing live behind a huge screen while their animated colleagues enjoy the spotlight, hits Boston tonight.

Here are Gorillaz's remaining tour dates:

Feb. 25: Boston (Avalon)
Feb. 26: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Feb. 28: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
March 1: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
March 3: Chicago (Riviera)
March 5: Seattle (Paramount)
March 7: San Francisco (Warfield)
March 8-9: Hollywood, Calif. (Palladium)

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