After tackling zombies, corrupt cops and forlorn teenage rock gods, director Edgar Wright is finally taking on a genre very near and dear to his heart. Time Travel! Yes, following a week long celebration of the hit sci-fi comedy classic Back to The Future, it has been announced that the filmmaker behind such fan-favorite hits as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is setting out to create his own unique time tripping adventure.
Fortunately, the Milk has Johnny Depp in early negotiations to star. This will be the first time Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright have worked together. Based on the children's book of the same name, this story comes from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman.
Animal Logic Entertainment, which is based in Australia, will produce this live-action/animation hybrid movie. Best known for The Lego Movie, ALE will have Zareh Nalbandian overseeing the production. Bret McKenzie, who makes up one-half of the folk duo Flight of the Conchords, is penning the script directly based on Neil Gaiman's novel. It was first published in September 2014 by HarperCollins. The story is narrated by a child.
Fortunately, the Milk is a tale of the bravery and selflessness exhibited by a father taking care of his children while his wife is away. Despite Mom's advance warning, the family finds itself ready for breakfast but without milk for cereal and tea, so Dad takes a trip to the store to get some. Upon his long-awaited return, he gives the children a fantastical and descriptive explanation of the adventures he faced while trying to make it back home. Not only did he embark on a time-traveling hot-air balloon ride with a stegosaurus, but he also confronted pirates, aliens, wumpires, and a volcano god, never losing possession of the milk. About the book, Amazon had this to say.
"Gaiman knocks it out of the park again with this imaginative story. His outrageous plot is perfectly paced to keep advanced and reluctant readers enthralled, and his use of onomatopoeia and humorous descriptions will make the book hard to put down. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's titles, it will sweep children away into an unimagined world and make them wonder if their own parents have ever had any secret adventures. Young's frequent black-and-white cartoons add to the wackiness of this tall tale."
Johnny Depp just appeared in the Oscar-contender Black Mass, which is still in theaters. He will next reprise his role as Guy Lapointe in the second True North trilogy installment Yoga Hosers. He also recently wrapped on Alice Through the Looking Glass, where he will once again play the Mad Hatter, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Edgar Wright will next direct Baby Driver, about a baby-faced getaway driver.