Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell have signed on for Disney’s adaptation of the 1972 children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Wrap reported on Wednesday.
According to the website, Garner and Carell will play husband and wife, and parents to Alexander, who awakens to find gum in his hair. The discovery marks the start of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
On the way, however, Alexander learns that other people have bad days as well and thus realizes the power of hope and perseverance.
The film will be directed by Miguel Arteta, who broke in to Hollywood with The Good Girl starring Jennifer Aniston. He has since done mostly television work with directing chores on hit series, such as American Horror Story, New Girl, and Nurse Jackie. His last feature films were Youth in Revolt (2009) and Cedar Rapids (2011).
Jennifer Garner has been getting in touch with her maternal side with this film, and 2012’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She just capped filming on Dallas Buyers Club, a based-on-a-true-story drama with Matthew McConaughey set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic in 1986. According to IMDb, the film will be something of a biopic on the life of Ron Woodroof. Garner’s next film is the football drama Draft Day.
Steve Carell has five feature films on tap for 2013 thus far, including The Way, Way Back, Despicable Me 2, Foxcatcher, and Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing him reprise his Michael Scott role for The Office series finale.
(Even though he has no problem doing stuff like this:)
As for author Judith Viorst’s beloved children’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, it has been adapted one other time as a 30-minute animated short from HBO in 1990.
Arteta’s film will be the first feature length adaptation.
Are you excited about Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell teaming up for this project? Have you read the book?