Paul McCartney’s book to get the Netflix treatment

Netflix is bringing Wirral the squirrel to life.

Paul McCartney’s children’s adventure novel High in the Clouds is being made into a Netflix animated movie.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix.  They complement what is already an amazing team with Gaumont and we can think of no-one better to be working with to bring our film to a global audience.  I’ve always loved animated films and this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can’t wait for the world to see it,” said McCartney in a statement.

Paul McCartney is also creating original music for the film.

Netflix describes the film as “an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral finds himself pulled into a ramshackle gang of teenage rebels who live high in the clouds after he accidentally antagonizes Gretsch the owl, the tyrannical leader (and fabulous singer!), who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her”.

The Oscar-nominated Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels, The Star) will direct the film from a screenplay by Jon Croker (Paddington, Paddington 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).

High in the Clouds was published in 2005. It was written by Paul McCartney and Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Geoff Dunbar.

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