Paul McCartney recently announced his children's book High in the Clouds is coming to Netflix.
The former Beatles bassist collaborated with Philip Ardagh and Geoff Dunbar in 2005 to write the story about a teenage squirrel named Wirral, "who finds himself pulled into a ramshackle gang of teenage rebels who live high in the clouds. After he accidentally antagonises Gretsch the owl, the tyrannical leader - and fabulous singer - who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her."
The adaptation of the adventure novel will be co-produced by Netflix and Gaumont, featuring original music by McCartney. Oscar nominee Timothy Rckart's will direct the screenplay written by Jon Croker.
“To the creatures of the woodland, the land of Animalia sounds like a dream – a tropical island where all the animals live in harmony,” read the book's preview. “They are overshadowed by a much more evil community: the polluted Megatropolis, whose dirty skyscrapers block the horizon. And then one day, Wirral the Squirrel's woodland is destroyed by developers and he is thrown into the nightmare world of Megatropolis."
The synopsis continues: "Wirral believes in Animalia and he joins with Froggo, a world-class amphibian balloonist, and Wilhamina, a girl squirrel, to lead the enslaved animals of the city to a new life. So begins an exciting adventure through the mean streets of Megatropolis, over the sea and through the sky.”
McCartney spoke of his excitement, “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," he furthered. "And this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can’t wait for the world to see it."
The release date for the book has yet to be announced.
With this being a top-tier children's title, Guamont's animation president Nicolas Atlan anticipates the result being "a truly special musical animated feature film."
“The development of High in the Clouds has been a fantastic journey,” said Atlan. “We feel fortunate as this has been an extremely collaborative creative process with the incomparable Paul McCartney and his team.”