Steve Carell in talks for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

According to Deadline, former “The Office” boss Steve Carell is in early discussions with 20th Century Fox to join the cast of The Kids Are All Right helmer Lisa Cholodenko’s adaptation of the popular children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Carell would play a character named Ben, who doesn’t appear to be involved in the original book (though I haven’t read it in years, so I can’t confidently say one way or another).

The classic children’s book was released back in 1972 and centered around Alexander, a kid who – as the title implies – has certainly seen better days. Problems keep piling up for the miserable young man until he threatens to move to Australia. Author Judith Viorst wrote a follow-up book called “Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days,” so it appears that he ended up having a better time later in life, but there’s no word on whether that particular book is getting the movie treatment as well.

Alexander and his bad day was adapted into an animated TV special back in the early 90s, but Cholodenko’s version will be a live-action incarnation. We’ll keep you updated if any other high-profile people jump on board this project.