Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Etc. Day Getting Movie Treatment

May 4, 2011


Missing the whole respected-indie-people-adapting-children's-books thing by just a couple years, The Kids Are All Right writer/director Lisa Cholodenko is reportedly in talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Previously adapted into a half-hour animated musical, the book concerns a young boy who sulks around ruining things and moaning about the likes of getting his sweater wet and not getting the window seat on the way to school, as if this whiny little asshole even knows what "terrible" is. After a few more minor incidences reacted to with similar petulance--each page punctuated with a return to the title phrase, allowing full classrooms of smiling moppets to gleefully chant along despite not even having the faintest idea what sort of "horrible" man is truly capable of--the story ends with Alexander's impotent threat of moving to Australia and the mom's reassurance that everyone has bad days.

Rob Lieber is working the screenplay, and Fox is already hopeful that the film could spawn a franchise that would continue on to the Viorst's sequels, Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday and Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move. Wait, now he doesn't want to move? Christ, this kid really deserves to become a Dateline NBC tragedy.

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