Edgar Wright may be Johnny Depp’s new Tim Burton. The pair were already attached to a reboot of the 1970s movie/show The Night Stalker, and now they’ve lined up a second project together. Depp will star in Wright’s adaptation of acclaimed author Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Fortunately, The Milk.
Fox is eyeing the animation/live-action hybrid film, which is set to be written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie. Animation house Animal Logic Entertainment (The LEGO Movie) bought the rights to the book and packaged it into a pitch, immediately drawing attention from studios when it announced the pitch on Thursday. The company will produce alongside Depp.
Gaiman (known for comics like The Sandman and books including American Gods and Coraline) released two editions of Fortunately, The Milk in 2013, a North American version illustrated by Skottie Young, and an international one with drawings by Chris Riddell. Described as “a story of time travel and breakfast cereal,” the story focuses on a father who returns from a trip to the store for some milk with stories of aliens and space pirates. The official synopsis reads,
“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”
“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”
Depp recently wrapped work on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean entry as well as an Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Wright is about to enter production on Baby Driver with Ansel Elgot, Lil James, and Jon Hamm, so it’s unclear exactly how far down the line Fortunately, The Milk might be.