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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