Production Has Begun on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Production has officially begun on the film, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. Based upon the beloved book by Judith Viorst, this will be the first live-action film adaptation of the 1972 illustrated children’s classic. The book, originally inspired by the authors own three sons’ childhoods, has won numerous awards with over 2 million copies in print. Filming will take place in various locations throughout the Los Angeles, California area, including Arcadia, Pasadena, Melody Ranch in Newhall, and the San Fernando Valley. The film will be in theatres nationwide on October 10, 2014.

book cover

Image courtesy of Simon and Schuster, the official publisher page of Judith Viorst

This is the story of Alexander, who is having the most terrible and horrible day of his 11 year life. After telling his family about his woes, he finds little sympathy and thinks that maybe he is the only one who has ever experienced such a bad day! But he soon finds out that his mother, father, sister and brother are all indeed also having their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as Alexander’s upbeat parents, along with a trio of young talents, including 16-year-old Dylan Minnette as Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould making his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander.


Ed Oxenbould as Alexander; Image courtesy of

Other cast members will include Emmy® winner (and Golden Globe® nominee) Megan Mullally, along with Jennifer Coolidge, and Disney Channel Star Bella Thorne.


Image courtesy of IMDb Resume site for Bella Thorne

The film is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta, adapted from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, produced by Shawn Levy, Emmy® nominee and CEO of the Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson, and 21 Laps Entertainment President Dan Levine, and executive production by industry veteran Philip Steuer and Jason Lust. The filmmaking team includes cinematographer Terry Stacey, two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith, Oscar-nominated film editor Pam Martin and veteran costume designer Nancy Steiner .

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