Comic book writer Alan Moore has pulled out of [lastfm]Gorillaz[/lastfm]‘s upcoming opera project. In a recent interview for the University of Northampton, Moore revealed that if the project is to move forward, it will be with another writer.
“I should dash cold water on anybody’s dreams of this Doctor Dee opera with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz. It didn’t work out, shall we say,” Moore said.
The artist explained that the band agreed to appear in his magazine Dodgem Logic in exchange for his work on the opera’s libretto. When the band headed out on tour, however, more and more of the project was pushed onto Moore until he had taken over the majority of the work. When Gorillaz missed the deadline for his magazine, however, Moore officially had had enough.
“I said, ‘Yeah, I can get the other two-thirds of the opera done by February, middle of March at the latest. It will mean working flat out, but I can do it. You still alright for that deadline on Issue 3?’ And they said ‘Yep,’ and it turned out they wouldn’t be able to make out that Issue 3 deadline because even though we extended it for them they had too many commitments, so actually I decided I had too many commitments as well,” he said.
Moore is also known as the creator of V for Vendetta and Watchmen.