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.