Fox and Shawn Levy to Adapt Children’s Book ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

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20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy are teaming-up to adapt Judith Viorst’s children’s picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day into a high-concept family comedy.  One of my favorite books when I was child, Alexander is about the title character waking up with gum in his hair and his day getting progressively worse to the point where he’s threatens to move to Australia. It’s a funny and charming little book.  According to Variety, Rob Lieber will pen the adapted screenplay, which revolves around family members collectively enduring the worst day of their lives.  Who wants to bet that there will be slapstick and fart jokes galore? I suppose it could be similar to the book except you would need to replace “funny and charming” with “predictable and soulless”.

Then again, I thought the adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (another childhood favorite) would be an abomination and that movie turned out to be one of my favorite films of last year.  However, Levy (who directed such classics as the remakes of Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther) wasn’t involved in the making of Cloudy.  While Levy isn’t attached to direct Alexander at this point, I still find his involvement to be terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.




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  • munsterB

    I think Shawn Levy probably keeps a list of “Good Things” in his pocket and every once in a while, he'll have a surge of inspiration on how to make those good things terrible.
    “I know.” Shawn exclaimed after watching “Where the Wild Things Are”. “I'll make my own feature film loosely based on a cherished children's book. Except it will be even better because the subtext will be all about making money!”

    Fact: Shawn Levy sat behind me when I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” and this is an exact quote…and yes, he says ALL of his thoughts out loud.

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