Between heart-warming drama Saving Mr. Banks and animated delight Frozen, Walt Disney Pictures ended their already excellent 2013 on a high, with both films warmly received by critics and audiences alike.
To begin 2014, Disney has revealed a few more details of their upcoming slate, from Guardians of the Galaxy tidbits to new Muppets Most Wanted promos. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day isn’t as highly anticipated as those movies, but as it’s based on Judith Viorst’s celebrated children’s book of the same name, there’s an immediate audience to which it will appeal.
Directed by Miguel Arteta – who replaced The Kids are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko at the helm – Disney has unveiled the first image as well as the synopsis for the adaptation. Check out the synopsis below:
Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
And here’s the image:
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Other than some amusing ‘shocked’ faces, the new still illustrates the film’s impressive cast, with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner the obvious standouts. Carell in particular is no stranger to films aimed at younger cinemagoers – Despicable Me 2 proved to be one of the box office hits of 2013 – and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will doubtlessly profit from his lovable comedic talents.
Very Bad Day will be the Arteta’s first truly mainstream directorial effort on the big screen, having previously made The Good Girl, Youth in Revolt, and Cedar Rapids. On the small screen, Arteta has directed Carell once already The Office, so there’s likely already a shorthand between actor and filmmaker that will contribute to the film’s success.
With two more similarly long-winded titles in the book series, there is potential for a new franchise should the first installment prove successful. What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see more Alexander films?
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be released in theaters on October 10th, 2014.
Source: Coming Soon