In what may be a match made in offbeat-sensibility heaven, THR is reporting that Johnny Depp will star in and Edgar Wright will direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Fortunately, the Milk, which Fox is in talks to finance.
Gaiman’s book was first optioned by Animal Logic Entertainment, which recently had success with The Lego Movie. The movie adaptation will be produced by Depp and Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic.
The book recounts the tale of a father whose usually normal task of buying milk turns into a fantastic adventure when he returns from a long absence and regales his children with stories of space travel, pirates and aliens.
Depp and Wright took the material out last Thursday and predictably multiple studios were interested in climbing aboard, with Fox making an aggressive bid.
Social media users expressed their enthusiasm after the announcement:
Edgar Wright directing. Bret McKenzie writing. Johnny Depp depping. Oohhhh I am so very excited and happy. https://t.co/JX5mllG7eP
— Omar Najam (@OmarNajam) October 24, 2015
I don't even know what "Fortunately, The Milk" is, and it doesn't matter. Edgar Wright + Neil Gaiman + Johnny Depp = ticket sold.
— Raphael Bleu (@SpinkyMJB) October 24, 2015
Depp is earning Oscar talk for his most recent role as gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. He just wrapped Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and also has Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice In Wonderland, scheduled for release next year.
Wright’s last film was The World’s End in 2013, and he is prepping Baby Driver with Jon Hamm and Lily James starring. Fortunately, the Milk was adapted by Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), so expect a healthy dose of absurd humor in the movie.