Exclusive: Paul McCartney has made a deal with HBO for animated feature for kids. I’m told that the HBO team is working just with McCartney’s solo songs, like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Silly Love Songs,” working up proposals to stitch the whole thing together. At the same time, McCartney is still working with Bob Shaye and Michael Lynn of Unique Films–the guys who made New Line Cinema a stunning success for over 25 years.
I told you some months ago that they were all putting together an adult animated feature. But that one has all new music. This one for HBO is an attempt to use McCartney’s vast solo catalog, which is a great idea. There are tons of great songs like “Another Day” and “Uncle Albert” that would be perfect for such treatment.
Meantime, I am told that Paul has lots of tracks with many different producers like Mark Ronson and Paul Epworth– who made Adele’s big hit “21” album- that he’s fiddling with for a new album. “There are many producers involved,” says my source. McCartney currently has a new live album and DVD out from his “Kisses on the Bottom” project from last spring, called “Live Kisses.”
My source also laughed at recent reports that Paul might retire. “Never,” he said. “He’ll just take more vacations.” McCartney loves to perform live and makes millions from it. He’s got four dates in Canada next week, all sold out.
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