EXCLUSIVE: Steve Carell and 20th Century Fox are in early discussions for him to star in the live action adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The Kids Are All Right writer/director Lisa Cholodenko is directing the film. The script was written by Rob Lieber & Cholodenko.
I’m told that the role is Ben, Alexander’s dad. The book, one of the more entertaining and humorous of the yarns you read endlessly to your kids at night, concerns young Alexander, who starts a wretched day with the realization that the gum he fell asleep chewing is now hopelessly tangled in his hair, and things get worse from there, to the point he threatens to chuck it all and move to Australia. Carell has done well in animated children’s films, starting with Horton Hears A Who and then Despicable Me, about which a sequel is being developed. Carell’s repped by WME and Media Four. He next stars in Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World and Burt Wonderstone.