On May 8 Deadline posted the first trailer for the upcoming Disney film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," which follows a young boy named Alexander who experiences the worst day of his life. The film is based on the classic children's story of the same name which was released in 1972. The Walt Disney Pictures Film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 10, 2014.
The two and half minute trailer follows 11-year-old Alexander, played by Ed Oxenbould, as he experiences a bad day along with the rest of his family. He is tormented by his older brother, played by Dylan Minnette, finds gum in his hair, and is not taken seriously by his parents. Alexander begins to wonder why bad things only happen to him when his family all have good things happening to them.
Then one morning, both his parents oversleep, his dad (Steve Carell) has a big job interview that he must take Alexander's baby brother to, and his mother (Jennifer Garner) encounters obstacles getting to work. His brother takes his driving test but his instructor (Jennifer Collidge) is a trickster. His sister has her own struggles with school and life. Alexander is the only one who seems to understand the difficulty, but he helps his family get through it.
Comingsoon.net reported on May 8 that the film will expand on the story of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic by setting in during modern times and incorporating technology. The book received the George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit and was recognized as a Georgia Children's Book Award. The story also become popular due to its status as a Reading Rainbow book. The story also spawned two sequels, "Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday" and "Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!)" which both failed to be as successful as the original story.
The story was adapted into a television special which was released in 1990. The thirty minute animated special was a musical that aired on HBO. In 1998, the story was created as a musical theatre production that has toured all over the world, since the book was released internationally. 20th Century Fox acquired the film rights in 2011, and Disney later picked up the project.