From the moment Judith Viorist’s 1972 children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens up with its namesake character missing out on the toy in the cereal box, you feel for the little guy. Now, Disney is bringing the classic story to the big screen.
Set for an October 2014 release, the film adaptation of Very Bad Day will feature Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, along with directing from Youth in Revolt’s Miguel Arteta. And, what’s more, it looks like they’re all going to have bad days before the film’s over. As per the synopsis:
“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.”
Very Bad Day will serve as Arteta’s first true foray into mainstream filmmaking, an effort likely made easier by his having worked with Carell on past episodes of The Office. And, with two more titles in Viorist’s series, we might be seeing more of the duo teaming up to bring us big screen versions of the classic kid’s books.
But first, let’s see how good the first Bad Day goes.