Netflix Adapting Paul McCartney’s Children’s Book ‘High in the Clouds’ Into an Animated Feature (Produced By and Featuring Music from McCartney)


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Sir Paul McCartney has worn many hats over the years, and an exciting new project with Netflix has aims to adapt his 2005 children’s book High in the Clouds into an animated feature.

The news was announced officially on Tuesday, and sounds pretty exciting for fans of the Beatles legend — who considers this a passion project of the utmost importance.

A synopsis of the planned adaptation indicates that High in the Clouds “… follows an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral, who finds himself pulled into a ramshackle gang of teenage rebels who live high in the clouds. After he accidentally antagonizes Gretsch the owl, the tyrannical leader (and fabulous singer!), who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.”

Said McCartney in a statement:

We are  thrilled to be partnering with Netflix. They complement what is already an amazing team with Gaumont and we can think of no-one better to be working with to bring our film to a global audience. I’ve always loved animated films and this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can’t wait for the world to see it.”

High in the Clouds, written by Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh, ranks high among McCartney’s personal career highlights, it seems, and the Netflix adaptation features an impressive list of collaborators, including:

Director: Oscar-nominee® Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels, The Star)
Screenplay: Jon Croker (Paddington, Paddington 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) 
Created, Produced and Original Songs & Music by: Academy Award and 18-time Grammy Award winner Paul McCartney (100 Years, Jojo Rabbit, Yesterday, Live and Let Die, Vanilla Sky).
Producers: Bob Shaye  (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Golden Compass, The Mortal Instrument, When the Bough Breaks, and Ambition and upcoming Netflix Limited Series The Liberator), the late Michael Lynne, and Paul McCartney, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian (Gaumont)

Stay tuned!


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