After Fox decided to drop the project and Disney picked it up, helmer Lisa Cholodenko exited Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Cholodenko’s replacement has already been found in Miguel Arteta.
The Puerto Rico-born director is in talks to take over the adaptation of Judith Viorst‘s novel that sounds quite different than the book because it’s described as a high-concept family comedy.
It’s unknown if Arteta will rewrite the script or if they’ll go ahead and move forward with the existing script that Cholodenko wrote alongside Rob Lieber. Steve Carell is still set to play the title character’s dad, Ben.
Production is hoping to get underway this fall. Since the books have two sequels already on shelves you can bet Disney is thinking franchise.
Arteta most recently directed 2009s Youth in Revolt and 2011s Cedar Rapids, as well as a number of TV episodes for shows like ‘Enlightened,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ and ‘New Girl’.
Confirmation on the director and casting announcements should come soon.