'Cedar Rapids' Director Has 'Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

March 13, 2013

Alexander / Miguel Arteta

Nearly a year ago, Steve Carell boarded Disney's inherited adaptation of the children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horible, No Good Very Bad Day. At the time, The Kids Are All Right helmer Lisa Cholodenko was supposed to direct, but she was part of the project when it originated at Fox, before it went into turnaround and ended up at Disney. Now a new director is in place as Deadine reports Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) is in talks to take over the adaptation of Judith Viorst's novel that sounds like it will be quite a departure from the book as it's described as a high-concept family comedy. Read on!

The original book follows one 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 and threatens to move to Australia. However, I think it's a safe bet that with Carell on board as Alexander's father, maybe the entire family endures a terrible day. Shooting is supposed to begin this fall, so hopefully we'll hear more details before then. Arteta has already worked with Carell when he directed an episode of "The Office" in 2006 so this should be a walk in the park.

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I own this book and read it to my children sometimes. It's an awful book in my opinion and has nothing of value to teach children. My kids don't really even like it as each page just details something bad that happens. I don't get what they were going for or why it's so popular.

Matt Peloquin on Mar 13, 2013

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