Grammy Award winning artist Sturgill Simpson is teaming up with Netflix for new anime Sound & Fury.
The film is set entirely to music from Simpson’s forthcoming album of the same name, merging American rock music and Japanese animation. The film features a different anime segment for each individual song.
Produced by and based on a story by Simpson, the film was written and directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, founder of renowned CG animation studio Kamikaze Douga and director for the animated film Batman Ninja. Takashi Okazaki, creator of Japanese manga series Afro Samurai, served as the film’s character designer.
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.
The announcement was made by Sturgill Simpson at San Diego Comic-Con on a panel with several of the filmmakers. The film will be released at the same time as the album, which marks his first full-length release since 2016’s acclaimed A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which won Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 59th GRAMMY Awards.
The movie 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.