Johnny Depp is no stranger to oddball roles, but his new project might end up being his quirkiest yet. The actor is reportedly teaming up with director Edgar Wright on the film adaptation Fortunately, the Milk, based on Neil Gaiman story’s of the same name.
Originally published in September 2014, Gaiman’s bestselling book is described as a “story of time travel and breakfast cereal.” It follows a father who goes to the store to buy some milk and returns with wild tales of aliens, space-time travel, and pirates.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the feature adaptation is reportedly being envisioned as a live-action/animation hybrid. Wright will helm the film, based on a script by Bret McKenzie, who is known as one-half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. Meanwhile, Depp is set to star in the project, as well as serve as a producer.
With two notable names like Wright and Depp attached, the package unsurprisingly sparked big interest among studios last week. According to THR, Fox is expected to be the one to nab the project and is currently in early negotiations for acquisition.
Fortunately, the Milk would be the first collaboration between Depp and Wright. The two were previously attached to team up on a big-screen reboot of TV movie and series, The Night Stalker, for Disney. Though that project reportedly isn’t completely dead yet, it hasn’t made too much progress and the pair has now turned their attention to this new adaptation.
The two certainly make for a notable match-up. Wright, who garnered a lot of attention after exiting this year’s Ant-Man, hasn’t directed an animated film before, but his CGI-heavy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World wasn’t too far off and seems like a good precursor for the director’s first foray into genre.
Meanwhile, Depp obviously has his fair share of experience working with live action-animated hybrids, thanks to his previous works with Tim Burton (including 2005’s Corpse Bride and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland). Fortunately, the Milk will mark a return to fantasy for the actor, who most recently delivered a more dramatic performance in this year’s crime flick, Black Mass.
Between Depp’s penchant for the whimsical and Wright’s proven ability to bring an endearing earnestness to his films, moviegoers can probably expect a fun and eccentric take on Gaiman’s tale. But while Fox may be currently working to add the film to its slate, it’ll likely be a while before we see the project in theaters, as Wright has a lot on his plate right now. The director is currently busy working on Baby Driver, the project starring Ansel Elgort and Lily James that’s expected to premiere sometime in 2017.
As for Depp, he recently wrapped filming on sequels for two of his high-profile blockbuster franchises: Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is set to hit theaters in May 2016, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is due to premiere in July 2017. The actor also has the Kevin Smith-directed horror comedy, Yoga Hosers, scheduled for release sometime in 2016.