Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Disney, seemingly undeterred by the length of its title, has began production on its adaptation of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” And alongside this announcement comes one about the cast- specifically, that Jennifer Coolidge and Megan Mullally will be joining the cast alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as Alexander’s parents, and newcomer Ed Oxenbould as Alexander himself. Coolidge and Mullally aren’t exact known for their family-friendly fare. Even with her Guest-work, Coolidge’s most enduring role is the sex-hungry Stifler’s Mom in American Pie, while Mullally is remembered most for her turn as the shrill-voiced Karen Walker on Will and Grace. If I had to guess (and I don’t have to, but I will anyway), these two might show up in Alexander for a slightly more adult wink-and-nod toward the grownups in the audience.

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Miguel Arteta

The idea of The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko helming an adaptation of a children’s book was an interesting one. But, unfortunately for her fans, recently she had to drop out of making Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Fans of Judith Viorst’s book about a young kid named Alexander going through the worst day of his young life and experiencing an existential crisis complete with fantasies of moving to Australia as a result shouldn’t fret though, because Deadline is now reporting that another very capable director is being looked at to take her place. According to their sources, Disney is currently in negotiations with Miguel Arteta to take over Cholodenko and screenwriter Rob Lieber’s adapted screenplay. If Arteta’s name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, he’s the guy who directed the criminally underrated Ed Helms comedy, Cedar Rapids, from 2011. His experience from that film makes him look like a promising choice, because if he should take on this job it will see him working with another The Office vet in Steve Carell, who’s still attached to play Alexander’s dad in the film.

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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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