The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (â€œThe Good Girl, â€œCedar Rapids, â€œYouth in Revolt) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters on October 9, 2014.
Steve Carell (â€œThe Way, Way Back, â€œLittle Miss Sunshine, the forthcoming â€œFoxcatcher) and Jennifer Garner (â€œDallas Buyers Club, â€œThe Odd Life of Timothy Green, â€œJuno) star as Alexander`s upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (â€œLost, the upcoming â€œPrisoners) as Alexander`s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV`s â€œRay Donovan, â€œMoneyball) as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould (Oz TV`s â€œPuberty Blues), who makes his big-screen feature debut as the film`s title character, Alexander.
Emmy winner (and Golden Globe nominee) Megan Mullally (â€œWill & Grace) also joins the cast, along with Jennifer Coolidge (â€œAmerican Pie, â€œLegally Blonde, TV`s â€œ2 Broke Girls) and Bella Thorne (â€œShake It Up!).
The film is produced by Shawn Levy (â€œNight at the Museum, â€œDate Night, â€œReal Steel), Emmy nominee and CEO of the Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson, and 21 Laps Entertainment President Dan Levine (â€œThe Internship, â€œAlong Came Polly, â€œFreedom Writers). It`s executive produced by industry veteran Philip Steuer (â€œSaving Mr. Banks, â€œOz The Great and Powerful, â€œThe Chronicles of Narnia trilogy) and Jason Lust (â€œWhip It, â€œThe Waiting Game).
Disney`s â€œAlexander 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 lifea 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.
Director Arteta`s key filmmaking team includes cinematographer Terry Stacey (â€œ50/50, â€œSalmon Fishing in the Yemen), two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (â€œThe Blind Side, â€œSaving Mr. Banks, HBO`s â€œGame Change), and two artists with whom he has previously collaborated: Oscar-nominated film editor Pam Martin (â€œThe Fighter, â€œLittle Miss Sunshine, â€œYouth in Revolt) and veteran costume designer Nancy Steiner (â€œLittle Miss Sunshine, â€œLost in Translation, â€œThe Good Girl, â€œYouth in Revolt).
â€œAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972, was written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz. The endearing, enduring classic (with more than 2 million copies in print) became an ALA Notable Children`s Book while also winning a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children`s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book. Viorst followed this book (inspired by her own three sons` childhoodsAlexander, Anthony and Nicholas) with two sequels: â€œAlexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday (1978) and â€œAlexander, Who`s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (1995). The 1972 original was first adapted to the small screen as a half-hour HBO animated musical in 1990 before Viorst collaborated with composers Charles Strouse (music) and Shelley Markham (musical score) for a 1998 stage musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.