That’s right. Netflix is collaborating with Paramount Television to produce a live action series of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket himself seems quite surprised by this fact by stating, “I can’t believe it (…) Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.”
If you’re not familiar with the name, A Series of Unfortunate Events was originally a set books created by Daniel Handler (pen name Lemony Snicket) and later adapted into a movie in 2004 starring one of my all-time favourites, Jim Carrey, and grossing $209 million dollars worldwide.
There’s over a dozen books in the series. But to put it simply, the novels are about three orphaned siblings who are ‘taken in’ by the not-exactly-nice Count Olaf. The death of their parents may not be all it seems and as they search for the truth behind it, they must also handle trials and tribulation and their greedy uncle who wants his hands on their fortune.
As for the production of the television series, it’s been said Handler’s participation with production will be limited but Netflix has his full support.
This is just one of many shows Netflix has in the works including, All Hail Julien, a spinoff from the animated movie Madagascar and Richie Rich. I am personally excited by this news. Netflix has done extremely well with its television debuts such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. If any company could handle the re-marking of a classic, and handle it well, it would be Netflix.
Exactly when this series will be available on Netflix has not been mentioned (and really, it’s far too early to tell since this is just in the development stage) but I’m hoping it’ll be much sooner than later.