The works of Neil Gaiman have long been sought after to become Hollywood projects. As evidenced by the upcoming Sandman film, fans eagerly wait to see his literary works brought to the big screen. Now, actor Johnny Depp and director Edgar Wright have come together to make something big happen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp and Wright have teamed up to make a film adaptation of Fortunately, The Milk. The film will be based upon Neil Gaiman’s best-selling original children’s book of the same name, which hit bookshelves last year. It centers on the story of a father who sets out on a fairly mundane task – going to the store to get some milk – but along the way gets caught up in an adventure that includes aliens, pirates, travel through space and time, as well as numerous other fantastical elements. The project will be written by Flight of the Conchord’s Bret McKenzie, and will be a hybrid of animation and live-action filmmaking to effectively bring the concept’s more fantastical elements to life on the silver screen.
Based solely off that description alone, the project seems to fall squarely within Depp and Wright’s respective comfort zones. As an actor, Johnny Depp has spent the recent years of his career taking on flamboyant characters that inhabit absurd worlds. Wright – best known for his Cornetto trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – has developed a reputation as a filmmaker who excels at creating these types of absurd universes. One needs only to look at his work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – another popular graphic novel adaptation – to see how he can take a fairly humdrum world and make it extraordinary through the use of snappy writing and animation.
Despite the almost immediate buzz the project has generated, it is still in its infancy stages, with FOX currently negotiating to acquire it. We will bring you more information on Fortunately, The Milk as it becomes available. Until the project comes to fruition, Depp is remaining busy, having recently released his film Black Mass, and his next films Alice Through The Looking Glass and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are both currently in post-production. Wright’s upcoming film Baby Driver is currently in pre-production, meaning we will probably still have to wait some time before Fortunately, The Milk begins to take shape.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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