There hasn’t been a lot of news about the developing film adaptation of the classic children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day since news broke in 2010 that one was underway. In spring of ’11, the project got a writer/director: Lisa Cholodenko, who also double-headed Best Picture nominee The Kids Are All Right. But this latest bit of info is sure to gain attention for the adaptation — Steve Carell is in talks to join the cast.
Carell is as appropriate a piece of casting as you can get in regards to a project about having a bad day. Misfortune is one of the comic actor’s wheelhouses — it’s a theme that has followed him through The 40 Year Old Virgin, Dan in Real Life, Date Night, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and then some. No one plays ill-fated quite like Carell.
The project itself is joining the ranks of other recent adaptations of children’s book classics, such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Where the Wild Things Are, though both movies that met with mixed responses. Hopefully, the simplicity of No Good, Very Bad Day will translate well to cinematic adaptation, and the bad luck on set will be limited to the action caught on camera. Fingers crossed.