Sir Paul McCartney may be most known for his career as a songwriter and performer, but he’s a person of many talents, including an author and producer. And now, he’s coming to Netflix.
Netflix and Gaumont announced they will be adapting one of his children’s books, High in the Clouds, into an animated feature. The movie will release in the streaming service at an unannounced date.
High in the Clouds focuses on an imaginative teenage squirrel who finds himself at odds with the wrong group of rebels after accidentally irritating Gretsch the owl, the leader of the pack who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.
“Bringing the world a new animated film from the heart and mind of the brilliant Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the greatest thrills we’ve experienced at Netflix,” Gregg Taylor, Netflix’s Director of Original Animated Films, said. “We’re beyond grateful to be partnering with Nicolas and the Gaumont team on High In The Clouds and with Tim at the helm, this whimsical story celebrating individuality and the unifying power of music is in great hands.”
Nicolas Atlan, the president of Gaumont Animation and Family, added, “The development of High In The Clouds has been a fantastic journey working together with Tim and Jon and of course my amazing Gaumont Animation and Family team, Terry Kalagian and Alex Soto.”
Oscar-nominated Timothy Reckart will direct the film. Reckart, an animator and director, created 2012’s Head Over Heels, a stop motion picture for which he earned the Oscar nomination. Jon Croker, who wrote the screenplays for Paddington and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will write the script.
McCartney has been brought on to produce and write original songs and music for the animated feature.
Outside of being part of the Beatles and The Wings, McCartney’s prolific career includes the creation of a number of animated films in collaboration with Geoff Dunbar, work in philanthropy, especially with regard to animal rights, and involvement with many book projects. He recently released his book Hey Grandude!, published with Random House in 2019.
In his author bio on Amazon, McCartney highlights how proud he is to be a grandfather. Who said that being a grandfather meant you had to stop working? For McCartney, a man of limitless energy, we’ll probably always see him performing and working at what he does best.
While we wait for the release of High in the Clouds, we can expect to catch McCartney at the fiftieth Glastonbury Festival taking place in Pilton, Somerset, England between June 24th and June 28th, 2020. If you’re one of the lucky ones who scored a ticket to the music event (which sold out in only thirty-four minutes after being placed on sale), you’ll get to catch McCartney who will be headlining the festival.
McCartney’s latest songs, “Home Tonight” and “In a Hurry,” are also now available on Spotify and everywhere music is sold.