Like many kids, when I was little, I had frequent reading nights with my family. I would select a book, as would my two older brothers, and we would read them to our parents. For the most part, this was really fun. (Except for when I would get scolded for reading in a monotone voice. “Start again, Breia. This time with some intonation.” True story.) And because we were children, we often picked the same book for each reading.
One of our go-to literary works was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. I found it completely entertaining that so many things could go wrong for poor Alexander. (What a little sadist I was!) It was only after I had several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days of my own that I began to feel some sympathy for him. And some days really are terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. But today is definitely not one of them.
Because this Tuesday brought news that Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox will adapt Alexander for the big screen as a high-concept family comedy. Levy’s 21 Laps will develop and produce the project. The screenplay, written by Rob Lieber, will follow the family members as they “collectively endure the worst day of their lives.” If you ask me, if anyone can translate the magic of Viorst’s classic tale to theaters, it’s Levy, director of family hit Night at the Museum.
And just so you know, if this movie isn’t good, I’m moving to Australia. Who else is pumped?