Just got a press release from the Disney folks that a movie version of JUdith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day started production today. It stars Steve Carell (can he do anything wrong? even play a bad guy jerk?) and Jennifer Garner.
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
Steve Carell (“The Way, Way Back,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” the forthcoming “Foxcatcher”) and Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Juno”) star as Alexander’s upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (“Lost,” the upcoming “Prisoners”) as Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV’s “Ray Donovan,” “Moneyball”) as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould (Oz TV’s “Puberty Blues”), who makes his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander.
What do you think? I know that making a feature-film from a short picture book can be a dicey proposition, but doesn’t this just lend itself to a great movie? I tend to give filmmakers a lot of leeway to take the kernel of a great story and run with it. What do you think? Do you plan to see it when it comes out October 2014?
And one more thing
This was my favorite movie of the summer, for sure (I think — oh, I hate “favorites,” but I loved this movie.) If you haven’t seen it, you have another chance to see it on the big screen this Labor Day weekend.
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Marti Parks says
I would see it, I think it sounds very cute and with a nice lesson as well. Thanks!
Lisa Brown says
sounds cute book, the cover illustration looks great.
vickie couturier says
that is cute,they got one for adults?
I am intrigued to see how they make a picture book come alive. It looks like it will be great for the entire family.
I love Steve Carrell and Jennifer Gardner. I can’t wait for this one!
Janet W. says
I’m a big fan of Jennifer Gardner! I can’t wait to see this!
Mia Dentice Carey says
Such a classic book….gonna be intering to see it come to life.
I love this book! I think I had one of those days yesterday
looks like a good bedtime book
Martha C. says
Interested but not sure how it is going to work out.
Haven’t heard about this book or film until I read your post, thank you! Steve Carell is so talented, this will surely be a good one! What a cute picture book, too!
looks great, would be interesting to see it!
Mozi Esmes mom says
Loved the book; would love to see the movie!
Love this book, but I can’t imagine it as a full length movie! It will be really interesting to see how they tackle this challenge.
cool. I loved that story
Anne Lehnick says
A full length movie seems like it’s a stretch, but I would definitely let my kids see it.
need to get it for my little one
Cindy Brooks says
I had no idea this was being made into a movie! Yes, we’ll see it.
Kymberly Pray says
I work with a program that encourages families to read aloud together (Read Aloud America), and this is one of the books we give away.
I have seen on-set still from the filming of the movie, and what a great cast! I look forward to seeing how the story makes the transition to the screen.
Thank you for the opportunity to win.
We loved the book, but I didn’t even know they had made a movie based on it … I wonder if it’s too late to look it up in my area?
They just started filming the movie. It’s not out until next Fall, so just keep your ears open.
Tammy S says
This is going to be a great movie. I love Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. I hope the movie is as good as the book.
Linda Meyers-Gabbard says
My niece Stella would love this. So would I.
Pam H. says
His was one of my favorite books growing up. I can’t wait to share this with my kids.
Holly Storm-Burge says
I remember this book!
Wow! I remember this from when I was little. Should make a great movie.
I think it has a cute title. Cool that it’s been made into a movie!
The book is always better than the movie, but this sounds interesting. Look what they did with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ( and now a movie sequel too!)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is exactly the model I was thinking of! It was an original book, and they took a bit of the idea and made a really great movie. We saw it again this summer, and I was reminded how much I liked it.
Thomas Murphy says
Looks like kids will love this!
samantha w says
I would take my kids. My son and I just read this for one of his kindergarten assignments last year.