By Danielle Moskowitz

10/25/15

            Johnny Depp is now in the works of producing and playing the father character in Fortunately, the Milk. Negotiations are underway with 20th Century Fox for a big screen adaption of Neil Gaiman’s children’s novel. This film is set to be a live action/animated hybrid. Fortunately, the Milk was first published in 2013. Gaiman described it as being “the silliest book I have even written.” Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will be directing this film. Wright just got done directing this year’s Ant Man. Bret McKenzie will be writing the script.

Depp is now in theaters as the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Depp will be starring in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). Fortunately, the Milk will be the first team-up for Depp and Wright.

Fortunately, the Milk was illustrated by Skottie Young and is told from the point of view of a young boy and his sister. They are listening to a story that their father tells based on what happened to him when he stepped out briefly to purchase milk. The story mentions aliens, pirates, piranhas, and time travel.

Gaiman had a couple of his works adapted in a variety of formats. For instance, John Cameron Mitchell is now in production on a big screen adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which was one of Gaiman’s short stories. Also, Ron Howard is bringing The Graveyard Book to big screen.

The release date for Fortunately, the Milk has not yet been announced.