Sunday, July 21, 2024

Paul McCartney Animated Film a “Go” as Rocker Resumes Tour After Illness


Paul McCartney is back, in a big way. I can tell you EXCLUSIVELY that while Sir Paul was recuperating from his recent illness he moved plans forward for his animated film. I told you about this project almost exactly three years ago.

Since then, a couple of things have happened. I’m told that producers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye have received a finished script that everyone’s happy with.

Second: Offers are out to directors, and one will be named before the end of the summer. Originally, Tony Bancroft (“Mulan”) was rumored, but he may not be the choice after all.

McCartney and wife Nancy were in the Hamptons as Paul readied for the resumption of his “Out There” tour in Albany on July 5th. Sources tell me Paul’s illness– a viral infection — was definitely “serious.” But by all accounts the Albany show was a huge success. The forever Beatle continues his killer concert schedule. He is not to be missed.

Today McCartney is releasing a video for a song called “Early Days” from his “New” album. It’s too bad someone involved with that album couldn’t have chosen an actual catchy single like “Looking at Her.”

Johnny Depp is featured. Why? I do not know.


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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