Rumor Buster: Is This Netflix’s First ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Teaser?
Netflix hasn’t released very much information on its live-action Series of Unfortunate Events since its November announcement, but has our first teaser already arrived? A new promo making the rounds seems like an exceptionally faithful rendering of Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket’s work, but has even more mysterious origins.
Sometime over the weekend, a YouTube account going by “Eleanora Poe” uploaded the gorgeous new promo for Netflix’s series, presenting a number of images and creepy-crawlies familiar to book-readers, but only a hint of the infamous Count Olaf. Fans will also recognize that the name belongs to the editor of a fictitious newspaper who notably “fired” series narrator Snicket for writing a bad review, though according to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix is denying any responsibility for the new teaser. Busted!
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 has spawned a great deal of merchandise, from board games to albums.
Time will tell when Netflix actually begins promotion enough to craft a real teaser, but hopefully the fake one above will serve as a benchmark for the creepy quality fans deserve. Until next time!