Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright teaming up for Neil Gaiman adaptation

Edgar Wright directing Johnny Depp in a movie based on a Neil Gaiman story? Sure, we'd watch that.

That is the package that 20th Century Fox hopes to bring to the screen in the not-too-distant future, as the Hollywood Reporter reveals that the Shaun of the Dead director and Pirates of the Caribbean star are joining forces on an adaptation of Gaiman's 2013 children's book, Fortunately, the Milk. The film is being pitched as a combination of live action and animation, with a script by Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords.

Described as a story of "time travel and breakfast cereal," the book follows a father who heads out of the house to buy some milk for his kids' cereal and comes back quite a while later, explaining that his route home led him on an adventure involving dinosaurs, aliens, pirates, vampires, volcano gods, a hot air balloon and, yes, traveling through time.

Wright, whose credits also include Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The World's End, is just about to start directing a heist caper called Baby Driver and famously quit Ant-Man last year over creative differences with Marvel. Depp can be seen in theaters now in Black Mass and has two tentpole sequels coming up with Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2016 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the following year.

As for Gaiman, a series based on his novel American Gods is slated to premiere next year on Starz, while the long-awaited film adaptation of Sandman is supposedly in the works as well.

(via Collider)

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