It’s rare that a project is announced in which each of the names of the creative types involved brings a bigger and bigger smile to my face. This is one of those rare moments. It was announced late Friday night that Neil Gaiman’s 2013 illustrated children’s book Fortunately, the Milk would be adapted by Fox, if their in-process acquisition deal goes through. Bret McKenzie, best known for his musical work on Flight of the Conchords and the Muppets movies, will be scripting the adaptation. That’s a pair of great talents right there, but the big news is on the star and director front.
As THR reports, Johnny Depp is set to star and produce the picture with Edgar Wright on board to direct. If you had this foursome in your Hollywood productions fantasy league, then congratulations because you just won the season trophy. The whole package is still in early negotiations, but if all the parts solidify, then you can expect to see the team tackling Fortunately, the Milk as a live-action/animation hybrid film.
Gaiman himself more or less confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 24, 2015
Here’s the book synopsis of Fortunately, the Milk (via Amazon):
“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.”
Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
The book is further described as “a story of time travel and breakfast cereal,”which perfectly sums up Gaiman’s writing style when aimed at young readers. The tale starts out with a father going to the store to buy some milk who returns with wild tales concerning everything from aliens, to space-time travel, to pirates and more. It certainly sounds like a fun project for all involved. This is one to keep an eye on!