Netflix ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Nabs ‘True Blood’ Boss, Barry Sonnenfeld
When last we heard from Netflix’s proposed Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation, a teaser got the internet buzzing on potential improvements over the Jim Carrey theatrical version. That teaser proved to be fake, though we at last have some real development now that Barry Sonnenfeld and True Blood helmer Mark Hudis have signed on for the Lemony Snicket series.
According to Variety, Hudis will act as showrunner and executive producer producer of the series, while Men in Black franchise helmer Sonnenfeld will both direct and executive produce alongside “Lemony Snicket” creator Daniel Handler. For the moment at least, no official timetable for production has emerged.
As developed by Paramount TV and novel series author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket is a pen name), Netflix’s new live-action adaptation of the beloved series of books will follow orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. Subsequent to their parents’ mysterious death, the trio find themselves at the mercy of the villainous and fortune-seeking Count Olaf, before facing a great many trials, tribulations and misfortunes in a quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ demise.
Apart from Jim Carrey’s unsuccessful, but appreciated 2004 take on the material the Series of Unfortunate Events novels have sold more than 65 million copies, been translated into 43 languages, and have spawned a great deal of merchandise, from board games to albums.
It remains to be seen when Netflix will finally move forward with A Series of Unfortunate Events, but do Hudis and Sonnenfeld sound like the duo to bring Lemony Snicket to life for real? The fake teaser, and original trailer for good measure: