Pop collaborations have been fairly prominent for Paul McCartney as of late. First it was Sir Paul and Kanye West collaborating on the 2014 hit “Only One,” then it was McCartney, West and Rihanna working together on the acoustic pop track "FourFiveSeconds." Now Macca is said to have written seven or eight new songs for the upcoming animated feature film “High In The Clouds,” one of which is reportedly in collaboration with Lady Gaga.
On May 8, Deadline reported that the former financially-troubled RGH Entertainment was producing Paul McCartney’s “High In The Clouds,” based upon the singer’s children’s book of the same name. RGH is said to be working on a sizzle reel for the film, in which the vegetarian singer will voice one of the main characters and, as if that isn’t intriguing enough, it will feature “seven or eight” of the Beatles legend’s new songs. His collaboration with Lady Gaga, referred to as “a rollicking tune”, hasn’t yet been heard outside the studio but will reportedly also be featured.
Gaga’s involvement with McCartney shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Her “little monsters” probably remember seeing photos of the duo on Instagram, along with one including Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (whose musicianship will also be featured in the upcoming animation) and a number of other musicians. At that time the collab was only known as "one of his many secret projects” but it looks like it will officially find its home in “High In The Clouds.”
Sir Paul is a well known animal rights activist. His book (co-written with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh) follows Wirral the Squirrel, whose woodland is destroyed by developers, throwing him into a Megatropolis nightmare. Joining with amphibian balloonist Froggo and girl squirrel Wilhamina, Wirral leads a group of enslaved animals to a fabled animal sanctuary called Animalia.
McCartney discussed his excitement for the project in a statement:
“’High in the Clouds’ is a passion project for me. … I am thrilled to be working in partnership with Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett at RGH, and David Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye of Unique Features. … We will be able to create a warm, funny and moving animated film that will resonate with worldwide audiences.”
“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2” director Cody Cameron is directing “High In The Clouds,” based upon Josh Klausner’s (“Date Night,” “Shrek Forever After”) script. The film will be released in 3D and will hit theaters sometime this year.