The idea of The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko helming an adaptation of a children’s book was an interesting one. But, unfortunately for her fans, recently she had to drop out of making Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Fans of Judith Viorst’s book about a young kid named Alexander going through the worst day of his young life and experiencing an existential crisis complete with fantasies of moving to Australia as a result shouldn’t fret though, because Deadline is now reporting that another very capable director is being looked at to take her place.
According to their sources, Disney is currently in negotiations with Miguel Arteta to take over Cholodenko and screenwriter Rob Lieber’s adapted screenplay. If Arteta’s name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, he’s the guy who directed the criminally underrated Ed Helms comedy, Cedar Rapids, from 2011. His experience from that film makes him look like a promising choice, because if he should take on this job it will see him working with another The Office vet in Steve Carell, who’s still attached to play Alexander’s dad in the film.
Funny actors and directors who are used to working with funny actors make for better movies, especially children’s movies, where sometimes the adults in the audience are struggling to keep their eyes open and praying that the filmmakers are going to at least throw them the occasional bone. If Arteta and Carrel both get on board, this one should be full of plenty of bones. Or, if things with Arteta fall through and the producers have to go back to the drawing board, we may soon be reading an article in the trades about Shawn Levy and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And nobody wants that.