Johnny Depp to Produce and Act in Adaptation of Neil Gaiman Childrens Book

Neil Gaiman’s bestselling 2014 children’s book Fortunately, the Milk will get the big-screen treatment, courtesy of Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp. According to sources, the new movie will combine live action with animation to create a hybrid style on screen.

There is no shortage of big names attached to the project: Johnny Depp will produce the film, and is also expected to take on an acting role in it. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) has signed on as director. The book will be adapted into a screenplay by Bret McKenzie, best known for his role as half of the comedic folk duo Flight of the Conchords.

Gaiman’s original book tells the story of a father who heads out to find some milk but returns with wild stories of time travel and his adventures with aliens, pirates, and more. The book’s wild plot and colorful illustrations from Skottie Young suggest that the film will be colorful and fun, which suits the plan to combine animated elements with live-action performances.

The key people have already signed on, but the film is still in its very early stages of development, so there’s not yet any word on when it might be released.