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Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp looking to bring Neil Gaiman tale to theaters

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Genre-bending filmmaker Edgar Wright and swashbuckling star Johnny Depp are teaming up to bring Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Fortunately, the Milk to the big screen.

Fox is in early talks to acquire the hybrid live-action and animation project, which features a script by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords.

Gaiman, an author and graphic novelist who specializes in darkly imaginative fantasy tales, confirmed the news on Twitter; it was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

Wright, whose credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead, would direct the film, and Depp, currently on screen in Black Mass, would star and produce.

Published last year by HarperCollins, Fortunately, the Milk is a whimsical story about a father who steps out to buy milk for his kids but gets waylaid by aliens, pirates, dinosaurs, and time travel.