Johnny Depp is in early negotiations to produce and star in “Fortunately, the Milk,” a film adaptation of acclaimed author Neil Gaiman’s 2014 time-travel themed children’s book at 20th Century Fox.
The news only gets better and better as well – Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”) is slated to direct and “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie is writing the script for what will be live-action/animation hybrid project.
The book deals with a father taking care of his children while his wife is away. Despite Mom’s advance warning, the family finds itself ready for breakfast but without milk for cereal and tea, so Dad takes a trip to the store to get some.
Upon his return, he gives the children a fantastical and descriptive explanation of the adventures he faced while trying to make it back home – an adventure involving a time-traveling hot-air balloon ride with a stegosaurus, along with confrontations with pirates, aliens, wumpires, and a volcano god.
Zareh Nalbandian and Animal Logic Entertainment (“The Lego Movie”) will produce.