By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Grammy Award winning recording artist Sturgill Simpson is merging American rock music and Japanese animation in a revolutionary new way in Sound & Fury, an anime film that is set to stream globally on Netflix this fall. The film is set entirely to music from Simpson’s forthcoming album, also called Sound & Fury, which will be released simultaneously through Elektra Records. The film features a different anime segment for each individual song.
The project will be a far cry from Simpson’s last full-length release – 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – which won “Best Country Album” and was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 59th Grammy Awards.
“We went in without any preconceived notions and came out with a really sleazy, steamy rock n roll record,” Simpson said in a statement.
Simpson added, “I had this idea that it’d be really cool to animate some of these songs, and we ended up with a futuristic, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, samurai film.
The announcement was made on July 20 by Simpson at San Diego Comic-con on a panel with several of the filmmakers. Simpson was joined by the film adaption’s writer/director Jumpei Mizusaki (founder of renowned CG animation studio Kamikaze Douga and director for the animated film Batman Ninja) and character designer Takashi Okazaki (creator of Japanese manga series Afro Samurai) for the panel event.
Additional directors include Masaru Matsumoto of Grayscale Arts (Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars), Michael Arias (The Animatrix), Henry Thurlow and Arthell Isom of D’Art Shtajio, and Koji Morimoto (Akira). Shunsuke Ochiai is co-executive producer.
Sound & Fury adds to Netflix’s growing slate of animated content from around the world, which includes global anime hits such as Devilman Crybaby, Aggretsuko, and Ultraman as well as acclaimed adult animated series BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, Disenchantment, and Love, Death, and Robots, as well as the feature film I Lost My Body from director Jérémy Clapin and Xilam Animation.
Watch the first official trailer for Sound & Fury below and stay tuned for news of an official release date.