Cholodenko to Helm Fox's 'Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'
by Alex Billington
May 4, 2011
"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair." This sounds like it's going to be quite fun! Variety reports that 20th Century Fox is "in negotiations" with Oscar nominated director Lisa Cholodenko, of The Kids Are All Right, for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The adaptation of the children's book classic was first announced last year, with fellow director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) producing with his company 21 Laps. In addition, the Jim Henson Company is co-producing, which makes me wonder what exactly their involvement means for this.
Judith Viorst's beloved children's book follows on hell of a terrible day for youngster Alexander as he wakes up with gum in his hair, doesn't get a prize in his cereal, finds out he has a cavity, has lima beans for dinner and gets demoted to third best friend by his buddy Paul. Variety states that it will be live-action and that it's indeed a "high-concept family comedy", but that's all we know about this for now. I'm delighted to see Cholodenko working on another fun project following The Kids Are All Right, as she deserves to move on to something like this. We'll have to wait to hear what exactly makes it so unique, but I'm certainly interested.
If it was announced that any other director was going to make Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day a "high-concept family comedy" I would just laugh and dismiss it. But with Cholodenko in the directors chair I think this could actually turn out to be something quite good.
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