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Sturgill Simpson Previews Anime Film and New Album at Comic-Con

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This year’s San Diego Comic-Con may be lacking big movie studios, but it has offered no shortage of increasingly cool reveals (ahem, Natalie Portman is Thor now.) And at a panel on Saturday, Grammy-winning country artist Sturgill Simpson gifted all the country/rock/anime fans with an announcement that he had produced and written the story for a new anime film that will accompany his new album. The film, Sound & Fury, was directed by Kamikaze Douga founder Jumpei Mizusaki, with Takashi Okazaki as the character designer, and it’s set to be released on Netflix sometime this fall. Individual anime segments will be set to each song on the album, which is being billed as an “American rock album.” “We went in without any preconceived notions and came out with a really sleazy, steamy rock and roll record. It’s definitely my most psychedelic,” Simpson said at the panel, according to Variety. “And also my heaviest. 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.”

Sturgill Simpson Previews Anime Film, New Album at Comic-Con