UPDATE: Shake It Up star Bella Thorne "will play the gooey girlfriend of Alexander's very cool older brother." How big her role will be is not quite known at the moment, but we will find out October 10, 2014. - Cole McNamara
July 9, 2013 - Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) and Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) will play Alexander's siblings in Disney's Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander will be played by Australian Ed Oxenbould.
April 25, 2013 - Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) will play Alexander's momin Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Steve Carell will play the dad. No word yet on which kid gets the plum role of Alexander, a kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and the day just goes downhill from there.
March 14, 2013 - Miguel Arteta is in talks to become the THIRD director for Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney. Arteta's forte seems to be outrageous comedy, his previous films are Michael Cera's Youth In Revolt and Ed Helms' Cedar Rapids, both of which were Rated R. Lately, he's been directing episodes of TV shows including the pilot for "The Carrie Diaries" and an episode of "New Girl." This is a straight up children's movie, I'm not sure why this project keeps attracting directors who prefer more grown up material. The good news is that Shawn Levy of Night at the Museum movies is still planning to produce this film.
Feb. 22, 2013 - While Disney decided to make Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day after 20th Century Fox dropped the project, director Lisa Cholodenko will no longer helm the project. The great news is that Steve Carell IS still planning to star as Alexander's dad!
But let's be honest: her leaving may be the best thing for this movie. Cholodenko is a very talented director of very adult material - most of her movies are Rated R including the only one that included kids: The Kids Are All Right (which really isn't about the kids as much as about the parents of the kids). In the meantime, may we make a suggestion? Disney, hire Andy Fickman, who directed You Again, Race to Witch Mountain and The Game Plan for Disney (and recently Parental Guidance for 20th Century Fox)!
Sept 27, 2012 - Alexander really is having a very bad day. 20th Century Fox decided NOT to make the Steve Carell-starrer based on the classic children's picture book Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The talent set up with the movie is significant: Night at the Museum/Real Steel producer Shawn Levy, Oscar-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko, and the children's picture book from which its adapted is a favorite. Deadline reports the movie was going to cost more than Fox wanted to pay. The film project will be shopped to other studios, so there's a chance it will still get made. Carell's production company, Carousel Productions, is set up at Warner Brothers so it's likely that studio will get first shot. Carell plays the dad of Alexander who is having such a bad day he threatens to move to Australia.
May 4, 2011 - The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko is in talks to helm Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the children's picture book about a boy whose day is going so bad he threatens to move to Australia. 20th Century Fox hopes to make it in a mini-franchise since the book has two others in the series.
The Kids Are All Right was a Best Picture nominee at the 2011 Academy Awards.
July 27, 2010 --20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps Production Company (Night at the Museum films) will adapt the classic children's picture book "Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" into a feature film. The storybook has Alexander waking up with gum in his hair and then the bad luck piles on, making the day worse. In the screenplay, all the members of Alexander's family will be having bad days that just keep getting worse.
The Jim Henson Co. actually holds the film rights to "Very Bad Day" but asked Levy to produce because of his successful history as a family film filmmaker. Levy also made Big Fat Liar, The Pink Panther, and Cheaper by the Dozen along with several kids TV shows including "The Famous Jett Jackson."