Disney is on the hunt for a new director for its feature film adaptation of the popular children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The project has had a fairly rocky road to production, as The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko first signed on to direct in May of 2011 and after securing Steve Carell to star, Fox decided to put the film into turnaround. Disney picked the project up last fall and development continued with Cholodenko writing the script alongside Rob Lieber, but now Deadline reports that Cholodenko is exiting the film. No specific reason is given, but one assumes creative differences of some sort are the culprit.
The book is about a kid who wakes up with gum in his hair, and whose day goes downhill from there. Carell is still attached to play the kid’s father with Shawn Levy producing, and Disney has started the search for a new director with an eye towards beginning production this fall. I was excited about the prospect of Cholodenko tackling a family film because I figured she wouldn’t talk down to the audience and would hopefully turn out a thoughtful and entertaining feature, so hopefully Disney finds a suitable replacement. Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.
Here’s the synopsis for Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz‘s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.
What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too. [Amazon]