Steve Carell’s latest casting news seemed to be a gigantic splash, as it was reported that Anchorman 2 was finally happening, and the Carell would rejoin with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner. But in the meantime, Carell also has plenty of films in development. While he’s headed to more family-friendly affairs, such as the adaptation Magic Kindom for Sale-Sold!, it seems Carell wants to stay along that same route with another adaptation for families. However, this one is much more well known.
Deadline reports that Carell is in early talks to star in the upcoming adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. The film is coming from director Lisa Cholodenko, who helmed the Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right, and studio 20th Century Fox, with the potential to become a trilogy of films, as two other adaptations have hit the shelves since the first book’s release in 1972.
The film revolves around a boy named “Alexander, who starts a wretched day with the realization that the gum he fell asleep chewing is now hopelessly tangled in his hair, and things get worse from there, to the point he threatens to chuck it all and move to Australia.”
Carell’s part, if all goes well, will be that of Ben, which assumably is the role of Alexander’s father. Carell’s family-friendly films recently have been big ones, such as Despicable Me, which will receive a sequel next summer, and Horton Hears a Who! The actor has been filming a reunion with Jim Carrey for the comedy Burt Wonderstone, which sees Carell as a a magician dueling it out with rival Carrey after a trick gone wrong. Meanwhile, his next film to be released into theatersSeeking a Friend for the End of the World will hit in June.
No word yet on when the film is aiming for release, or when production will begin.