How do you adapt a children's book into something that parents will look forward to seeing as much as their kids? It doesn't hurt to have Steve Carell headline. That's the strategy Disney has taken with their upcoming live-action adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will have a great support cast to back up Carell and Garner as well. They will be joined by Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Jennifer Coolidge (the American Pie movies) and Disney Channel sensation Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!). Carell’s Date Night director Shawn Levy will produce, while newcomer Rob Lieber is handling screenwriting duties.
This fall will see the end of the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up!, but don’t cry for the dance-driven show’s fifteen-year-old Bella Thorne. Disney is helping her bridge the gap from TV to film with a plum role in their upcoming adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
First let's start over at Marvel Studios, which is just coming off the ridiculous success of Shane Black's Iron Man 3 last month. The company has actually made a habit of owning the first week in May, releasing Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 on that weekend, and it appears that they will continue that habit for years to come.
The book was adapted by Cholodenko and Rob Leiber, and tells the story of a young boy who wakes up one morning and immediately starts having the worst day of his life, from getting gum in his hair to discovering that there's no prize in his cereal box.
We were looking forward to The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko's take on Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Sadly, after nearly two years being bonded to the project and some studio shuffling, Cholodenko walked away last month. But Disney has found a pretty stellar replacement in Miguel Arteta.
The good news is that the upcoming adaptation of the great children's book Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day looks like it's still happening and is going to start production in the fall. The bad news is that right now it's a ship without a captain.
It took nearly a month to get done, but Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, an adaptation of the children's book by Judith Viorst, has found a new home. Following Fox's decision to no longer produce the project, Disney has come to the rescue and has swept it off the open market.
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Adaptation To Get Shopped To Other Studios
For those unfamiliar with the story, which was published back in 1972, it follows a young redheaded boy named Alexander who is having a pretty rotten day. He wakes up to discover that the gum he was chewing has ended up in his hair, his cereal box is missing its prize, his sweater falls in the sink, he trips over his skateboard...the list goes on and on. Carell will play Alexander's father, Ben.
Writer-director Lisa Cholodenko is rightly heralded for her ability to wring comedy and drama from unlikely but still plausible situations, like her Oscar-nominated dramedy The Kids Are All Right that centered on the fallout of two teens seeking out the sperm donor who impregnated their lesbian moms. This makes Cholodenko an exemplary pick to helm the movie adaptation of Tom Perrotta's deeply funny and humane novel The Abstinence Teacher.
Based on the book by Judith Viorst, Alexander is about a young boy who is experiencing the worst 24 hours of his life. He wakes up with gum in his hair, trips on his skateboard, doesn't get a prize in his cereal box, gets yelled at by his teacher...and it just keeps going on and on. He constantly says that he is just going to pack everything up and move to Australia, but at the end of the story his mother ensures him that some days are just like that, "even in Australia."
If memory serves Fox has been attempting to make the movie based on the book for years now, but apparently Alexander isn't the only one facing a bunch of hurdles in this case. Given that there are two other Alexander books in the series Variety speculates that this could be a hit like the studio's own Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise