Johnny Depp in Talks for Edgar Wright-Helmed Neil Gaiman Adaptation

Johnny Depp in Talks for Edgar

Johnny Depp is in early negotiations with Fox to produce and star in Neil Gaiman’s time-travel tale “Fortunately, the Milk,” with Edgar Wright directing.

Australia-based Animal Logic Entertainment, best known for “The Lego Movie,” is producing the live-action/animation hybrid. Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment is the producer.

Bret McKenzie, half of the Flight of the Conchords duo, is writing the script, based on Gaiman’s children’s book. “Fortunately, the Milk” was published in September, 2014, by HarperCollins and is narrated by a child.

One passage 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.”

Depp stars in “Black Mass.” Wright directed the Simon Pegg comedy “The World’s End” and is in pre-production on “Baby Driver,” starring Ansel Elgort.

Depp is repped by UTA. Wright is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Independent Talent Group in the UK and Nelson Davis. McKenzie is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn. Gaiman is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. anonymouse says:

    Oh, that book. Nowhere in here does it mention that Unfortunately, the milk is a children’s book. I was excited to see a Neil Gaimen book to be made into a movie, but this was a surprise. Alas, I had hoped for his American Gods series. Unfortunately is such a short story, too…I can’t see how it works as a movie. Just my opinion, of course:kids will be thrilled though.

    • Vnend says:

      It sounds like you haven’t read the book. It works on levels for adults as well as for children.

      As far as it not being a novel, short stories are really a better length for a movie; novel adaptations end up being as much about what was cut to get it down to a reasonable length as about what the adaptor thought was the core of the story. Just look at the first and second season comments about Game of Thrones adaptation. Ten hours a season/book (not always a clean match) and fans of the books were lamenting what was cut out/compressed. And don’t go looking for the die-hard Tolkien fandom’s take on the Lord of the Rings movies.

  2. JDF says:

    Sounds amazing! Will watch anything Johnny Depp is in.

    • Go! says:

      First thought: Please, not another fantasy/fairytale/fiction. Second thought: I like Captain Jack, and I love the Hatter. Third thought: That´s why I´m gonna watch Fortunately, The Milk. Ordered the book today. Let´s play, Uncle Johnny!

      • Go! says:

        I ordered the English version of the book and read it aloud to myself. Such a sweet, funny, crazy piece of a tale. :-) Now, this could be an entertaining movie. Or it could be a complete crash. Because film tends to overdo and kill fantasy and extend or scrunch up and twist plots and characters and the original story. That´s the danger. Or – it can be a really funny, playful, heartwarming, innocent interpretation of the book. I hope for the latter. Won´t be easy. It will be a challenge to transport the lovely, vivid short tale atmosphere with its weird characters onto the screen without damaging or extending it for the sake of a 90 minutes film. Good luck, if it´s to be! ;-)

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