A film adaptation of Paul McCartney’s children’s novel High in the Clouds, written by the former Beatle with Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Geoff Dunbar, will soon be available on Netflix.
High in the Clouds tells the story of a teenage squirrel named Wirral who finds herself in a rickety band of teenage rebels living high in the clouds after she accidentally confronts Gretsch the Owl, the tyrannical leader and fabulous singer, who steals the voice of anyone who tries to outshine her.
McCartney released High in the Clouds in 2005, and a film adaptation was first reported in 2013. Two years later, it was revealed that McCartney had written seven or eight new songs for the film, including one with Lady Gaga. McCartney will provide original songs and music for the Netflix film, although it is unclear whether that includes any previously released tracks.
Sir Paul will co-produce the adaptation of High in the Clouds, with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels) as director and Jon Croker (Paddington 2, Desert Dancer) writing the script.
“We’re delighted to partner with Netflix,” McCartney said of the project. “They complement what is already an incredible team with Gaumont and we can’t think of anyone better to work 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.
Last month, McCartney released two new songs, “Home Tonight” and “In a Hurry,” both recorded during his sessions at Egypt Station and released for Record Store Day Black Friday. The musician was also recently selected to headline the 2020 Glastonbury Festival, making him the oldest participating artist in the festival’s history.