Paul McCartney’s animated feature film High in the Clouds has set a director, writer, composer, and more, Variety reports. The film, which has been in development since 2009 and is adapted from McCartney’s own 2005 children’s book, is slated to begin production next year. Coco and Inside Out composer Michael Giacchino will handle the score, with Jon Croker writing and Toby Genkel directing. It also reportedly features six new original songs from McCartney.
High in the Clouds follows “a headstrong teenage squirrel, Wirral, who lives in Gretschville, a city where music has been banned by a diva-owl, Gretsch, who wants to be the only singer in town,” per a plot synopsis. McCartney reportedly voices a main character in the film adaptation. McCartney originally published High in the Clouds in 2005; he has written other children’s books, including 2019’s Hey Granddude! and its 2021 sequel Granddude’s Green Submarine.
Earlier today, McCartney announced the final Beatles song, “Now and Then,” which was written and recorded by John Lennon and finalized over the years by McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison. The track, made with the assistance of AI, arrives on November 3 alongside a music video.