While there has been a huge amount of talk about adapting Neil Gaiman’s books and stories for the screen, relatively few have actually been made, with the exception of the likes of Coraline. Now another of his children’s books is up for adaption, Fortunately the Milk.
THR reports that Johnny Depp is in talks to star in the movie, with Edgar Wright directing. Flight Of The Conchords and The Muppets’ Bret McKenzie will write the script, for what will be a mixture of live-action and animation.
Here’s a description of the book from Amazon, ‘A little boy and his little sister awake one morning, milkless. Their mother is away on business, their father is buried in the paper, and their Toastios are dry. What are young siblings to do? They impress upon their father that his tea is also without milk and sit back to watch their plan take effect. But something goes amiss, and their father doesn’t return and doesn’t return some more. When he does, finally, he has a story to tell, a story involving aliens; pirates; ponies; wumpires (not the handsome, brooding kind); and a stegosaurus professor who pilots a Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier (which looks suspiciously like a hot-air balloon). There is time travel, treachery, and ample adventure, and, fortunately, the milk he has procured is rescued at every turn.’