Take that, Goodnight, Moon.

According to Variety, The Kids are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko is in negotiations with Fox to take on the classic children’s tale of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. If it goes through, Cholodenko will be shoving gum into Alexander’s hair, making him drop important things in the sink, and otherwise torturing the poor boy on the worst day of his young little life.

The on-face comparison to Where the Wild Things Are is inescapable: capable director, classic children’s story featuring a young boy learning a lot of lessons in a wild, wild world. That’s a good thing. Of course, the tale is rooted in the real world, but it actually has a ton of potential. In fact, it’s already been turned into a television special and a musical play (see above picture). As for the film, newcomer Rob Lieber will be adapting, but it’s still early on in the development phase.

Now when are we getting our Magic School Bus series?


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