Disney is known for bringing classic stories to the big screen and therefore it’s fitting that the studio chose to make a live-action adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Production officially kicked off this week in Los Angeles, announcing that 12-year-old Australian actor Ed Oxenbould will star in the film as Alexander with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner portraying his parents and Dylan Minnette (Lost) and Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) set to appear as his older siblings.
Following the same concept as the book, the film will follow the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
The talented Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Disney Channel’s Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up!”) will all three play supporting roles throughout the film, and a few laughs along the way!
Fans of the children’s novel may be surprised that this isn’t the first time an adaptation of the book has been made. In 1990, it was produced as an animated short film for HBO and in 1998 the story was brought to life in a stage musical adaptation performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has had over 2 million copies published and had two sequels written afterwards: Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday (1978) and Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (1995). Writing the three books may have come easy for the author, as she has admitted the books are inspired by her own three son’s childhoods – Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas.
Directed by Miguel Arteta (“Cedar Rapids”), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is slated to hit theaters October 10, 2014.