Steve Carell Will Have a 'Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

April 9, 2012
Source: Deadline

Alexander and the... / Steve Carell

Way back in the summer of 2010, it was revealed that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) was developing a live-action adaptation of the favorite children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Then almost a year later The Kids Are All Right writer and director Lisa Cholodenko boarded the film which has been described as a high-concept family comedy. Now Deadline has word that Steve Carell is the first name to join the talent roster on the big screen. However, rather than playing the title character (who is a young boy), he's playing a character named Ben.

I would imagine that since the film is supposed to involve Alexander's entire family collectively enduring the worst day of their lives that Carell is playing the kids's father, but that's just speculation. In the book, Alexander himself 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. Expanding this to the whole family and adding a "high concept" I imagine that maybe there's some kind of curse involved a la Liar Liar. With Cholodenko venturing into family territory and Carell joining the mix, I'm at least intrigued.

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Jericho on Apr 9, 2012


my reaction exactly. my favorite book as a child

Bcopes11 on Apr 9, 2012


Great book, hope they don't ruin it.

Burn113 on Apr 10, 2012

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