Netflix Developing Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ TV Show
Netflix has some exciting original series on the horizon to compliment its current Emmy-winning crop, including the likes of Marvel's 'Daredevil' and historical epic 'Marco Polo,' but the streaming service has acquired yet another big name to add to the shelf. Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' will get the Netflix treatment as an original series, following the 2004 attempt to craft a film franchise with Jim Carrey.
As developed by Paramount TV and novel series author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket is a pen name, spoiler!), Netflix will look to craft an original live-action series around the beloved series of books, which 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.
Said Netflix of the new series:
On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series of Unfortunate Events. We are proud to start work on a series for a global audience that already loves the books. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.
Adds "Snicket" from an "undisclosed location":
I can’t believe it. After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.
In addition to 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.
We've included the trailer for the 2004 version below, but what say you? Are you interested to see what Netflix does with a TV series take on Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events?' How should the series differentiate itself from the film attempt?