Steve Carell is currently in negotiations with the 20th Century Fox to play the lead role in the film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s best selling children’s novel Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Lisa Cholodenko (from the The Kids Are All Right) is on-board to direct the adaptation based on his own script.
It tells the story of young boy Alexander whose troubles he runs into from the time he wakes up with gum in his hair until he goes to bed at night. He fails to remember the # 16 while counting in school, he doesn't eat sweets, his doctor tells him he has a bad tooth, he has to eat lima beans for supper, and he has to wear his night clothes which he hates. These are some of the bad things which he tells us about during the story. His answer to his awful day, which he brings up on many occasions, is to go to Australia. But at the end of the story, his mother reminds him that everybody has bad days, and going to Australia will not resolve his troubles.
Steve Carell is also attached to several other film projects, including Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Burt Wonderstone, Great Hope Springs, Despicable Me 2 and Anchorman 2.