Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp are in early negotiations with 20th Century Fox to collaborate in a Neil Gaiman’s children’s book adaptation as part of a package deal.
Their pitch consists in a live-action and animation hybrid film, adapted by screenwriter Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) from Neil Gaiman’s New York Times bestseller Fortunately, the Milk. The story, told from a boy’s point of view, is about the imaginative adventures a father tells his children about his trip to get milk that morning before breakfast, while his wife is away on business.
“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.”
Johnny Depp, who can be seen currently in theaters starring in Black Mass, will also star in this new project and produce through his company Infinitum Nihil, along with Zareh Nalbandian, of the awarded animation and visual effects studio Animal Logic Entertainment (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet).
Edgar Wright is in pre-production for Baby Driver with Ansel Elgort, Lily James, John Hamm and Jamie Foxx. Depp has in post-production the Alice in Wonderland sequel, this time directed by James Robin (The Muppets), Alice Through the Looking Glass and the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, to be released in 2017.