The Book from the Iconic
Songwriter, Author and Filmmaker
Will Be Made Into a New Animated Feature Film
- Netflix and Gaumont are producing a new animated feature from
iconic songwriter, author and filmmaker, Paul McCartney titled HIGH IN THE
CLOUDS based on the popular children’s adventure novel of the same title by
McCartney and Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh.
- 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)
- Logline: An imaginative teenage
squirrel named Wirral 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.
“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,”
says Paul McCartney.
“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. We feel fortunate as this has been an extremely collaborative creative
process with the incomparable Paul McCartney and his team, including Lee
Eastman who has offered invaluable guidance throughout the development stage.
We at Gaumont are elated to be announcing this project and are excited to be
working with Melissa Cobb, Gregg Taylor and the talented team at Netflix to be
able to share this truly special musical animated feature film with audiences
around the world,” says Nicolas Atlan, President Gaumont Animation and Family.
“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. 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,” says Gregg Taylor,
Netflix Director of Original Animated Films.