Monday, April 22, 2024

Paul McCartney: No Retirement– Animated Feature at HBO in the Works, New Album


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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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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