04/09/2012 05:27 pm ET

'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day': Steve Carell May Play Lead In Live Action Adaptation

Steve Carell may have himself a very terrible horrible, no good, very bad day. Deadline.com reports that the beloved actor is in talks to join a live action adaptation of the famed children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," which Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will direct.

Based on the book by Judith Viorst, "Very Bad Day" will be a live-action feature, with Carell potentially starring as Ben. The former "Office" star has done a good job shifting between kids' movies and more adult comedies. He provided his voice in animated films like "Horton Hears a Who" and "Despicable Me," while also starring in features like "Crazy Stupid Love" and "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World."

Cholodenko became attached to the project last May. She earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for "Kids Are All Right," which she also directed.

[via Deadline.com]

In other Hollywood news!

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