Paul McCartney is about to have a movie on Netflix that is not a Beatles documentary. Netflix and Gaumont are producing an animated movie based on McCartney’s children’s adventure novel High in the Clouds, which was also written by Philip Ardagh and Geoff Dunbar. The book is about a teenage squirrel who lands in a group of rebels after he makes enemies with a tyrannical owl.
McCartney isn’t just there as a consultant. He’s one of the co-producers along with veterans like Bob Shaye (Lord of the Rings and Golden Compass), and he’ll also write original songs for it. The screenplay is from Jon Croker, while Head Over Heels creator Timothy Reckart is directing.
It’s too soon to know anything about casting or a release date for this, however. This will likely be one of Netflix’s highest-profile titles for kids on the site. McCartney should draw in the parents and the book is very popular.
This one may be better-suited to movies than many other novels in fact. McCartney originally intended the story as a movie after all, and here we are. It has come full circle. We will let you know more when we hear something more about it.