Remember when Fox dropped the adaptation of the classic children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?” Well, good news, parents with young kids who need movies aimed at them–according to Deadline, Disney has picked up the project.
The project had Lisa Cholodenko attached to direct with Steve Carell set to star. Fox felt, though, that the budget was too high. Considering that Cholodenko is used to making movies for about ten bucks, it’s a short picture book, and it’s unlikely to have tons of star names other than Carell in it, I have to wonder how high the budget could actually have been. Then again, Fox is the studio that let “Ted,” by their homegrown TV talent Set MacFarlane, go to another studio because they made a lowball bid.
Reportedly multiple studios tried to win the deal, including Sony, MGM, Universal, and Walden, but Disney got it. No word on the timeline for when this movie might happen. I’d guess, though, that if your kids are at an age where you’re reading the book to them right now, they’ll probably be too old for the movie when it comes out.
If you’re not familiar with the 1972 book by Judith Viorst, it’s about a little boy, Alexander, of course, who wakes up to find that the gum he was chewing when he went to bed is now a sticky mess in his hair. Everything goes downhill from there, to the point where Alexander threatens to move to Australia. Carell will play the dad.