Lisa Cholodenko was set to direct back in October, when Disney picked up the project out of turnaround from Fox, but she left the project last month. Lisa Cholodenko co-wrote the screenplay adaptation, based on Judith Viorst's book, but it isn't known if Disney will use that script or seek out new writers.
The story centers on the title character, a young boy who wakes up with gum in his hair, as he finds his day getting progressively worse and worse. Steve Carell will portray Alexander's father. Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps company, alongside Lisa Henson and Dan Levine. Production is scheduled to begin sometime this fall.
Miguel Arteta has also directed the 2002 indie comedy The Good Girl and 2009's Youth in Revolt.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day comes to theaters October 10th, 2014 and stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Bella Thorne, Jennifer Coolidge, Burn Gorman, Dylan Minnette, Megan Mullally, Kerris Dorsey. The film is directed by Miguel Arteta.