Prepare yourself for a nerdgasm: “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright’s next film will be a Neil Gaiman adaptation starring Johnny Depp. The duo will be adapting Gaiman’s epic tale of “time-travel and breakfast cereal,” “Fortunately, the Milk.” And if this has not got you excited, check yourself for brain-cravings right now, because you might just be a zombie.
Depp and Wright be looking at a mix of live-action and animation for their retelling of Gaiman’s story. It will be adapted for the screen by Bret McKenzie of “Flight of The Conchords” fame.
According to the latest bulletin by Hollywood Reporter, Depp, besides starring, will also be producing the film, along with the animation studio Animal Logic Entertainment. These are the same guys that gave us the smash-hit “Lego Movie.”
“Fortunately, the Milk” originally hit bookshelves on September 2014, and has been described as a story of “time travel and breakfast cereal.” According to Gaiman’s official synopsis:
“This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Milk. Also it has aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and wumpires in it (but not the handsome, misunderstood kind), also a never-adequately-explained-bowl-of-piranhas, not to mention a Volcano God.”
Neil Gaiman, the “ridiculously best-selling author” whose most famous works are the adult comic-book series “Sandman” (which is currently being developed for the screen by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the horror-fantasy novel “American Gods” (which is currently in development-hell with HBO), occasionally dabbles in children’s literature, in the same way Harry Houdini occasionally dabbled with magic. His other books for children include the whimsical “The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish” and the orphan boy adopted by ghosts saga, “The Graveyard Book.”
Edgar Wright directed Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in the best comedy trilogy of the decade, The Three Flavors ( consisting of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” and named after a flavor of cornetto ice-cream that makes an appearance in each movie). His latest project is the John Hamm starrer crime caper, “The Baby Driver”.
Johnny Depp is Johnny Depp, owner of the twin dogs Pistol and Boo, who have a death sentence hanging on their canine heads in Australia.
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