Friday, June 14, 2024

Paul McCartney Animated Feature on the Horizon


Exclusive: Now that Paul McCartney‘s two night stand at Yankee Stadium is over, more news from the ex Beatle.

I am told that McCartney has a new project in the works. Sources say that former New Line honchos Michael Lynn and Bob Shaye‘s Unique Films has been on the inside track for an animated musical film based on McCartney’s children’s book, “High in the Clouds.” The book, co-written with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh, was published in 2005 by Faber and Faber. It’s described on Wikipedia thusly: “When the characters’ home, Woodland, is attacked by human development, a young squirrel (Wirral) is left without a home and without his mother. Guided by his mother’s final words and aided by his fellow animal friends he meets on his journey, Wirral goes on a quest for the secret island sanctuary of Animalia. Wirral finds himself in an epic journey filled with evil realities and wild dreams. He and his friends experience tragedy, war, joy and victory, all in the name of freedom and peace.” I’ve heard that McCartney has written several songs already and that work may be commencing soon. He can always throw in “Mary Had a Little Lamb” from the early 70s, too. But a McCartney animated children’s movie? That’s gold, kids.

By the way, Billy Joel did show up on Saturday night as I promised. Irrepressible Billy recreated his guest spot from 2009 on “I Saw Her Standing There.” Friday vs. Saturday: the first night got “Hello Goodbye,” the second “Magical Mystery Tour” as openers. First night: “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Saturday: “I’m Looking Through You.” One reviewer from a major outlet must have fallen asleep at some point. “Let it Be” comes toward the end, not in the middle, of the show. McCartney’s enthusiasm and unflagging work ethic are astonishing. Next June he turns 70, and you know there will be a blow out show somewhere to commemorate it. In the coming year he may also get married to the very lovely Nancy Shevell.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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