Netflix Adapating ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’

By November 5, 2014

Having just announced a live-action series remake of “Richie Rich” and the animated series “King Julien” based on the lemur character from the Madagascar film franchise, it looks like Netflix is keen on keeping programming for kids a priority going forward.

Today, Variety reports Netflix has acquired the rights to the book series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which are usually mistaken to be written by Daniel Handler, but are written by the title character Lemony Snicket himself.

The books were adapted into a feature film back in 2004 starring Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, and Jim Carrey, and it was hoped that Paramount Pictures would have a franchise come about, but it just didn’t pan out. Still, Paramount Television will try again in association with Netflix for this series adaptation.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortuante Events - Jim Carrey

As Wikipedia notes, the book series chronicles “the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in an arsonous house fire. The children are placed in the custody of their distant cousin/uncle Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance. After the Baudelaires are removed from his care by their parents’ estate executor, Mr. Poe, Olaf begins to doggedly hunt the children down, bringing about the serial slaughter and demise of a multitude of characters.”

There are 13 books in the series, though right now there’s a four-volume prequel series called “All the Wrong Questions” following a young Lemony Snicket, with the third installment of the series “Shouldn’t You Be in School?” having just hit shelves in September of this year. It’s not clear if the series will use the new books as fuel for the new series adaptation, but either way, there’s plenty of ripe material for a series.

Lemony Snicket was quoted from an undisclosed location saying, “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.” We’re just glad Mr. Snicket has Netflix wherever he’s holed up. Here’s hoping the series appeals to both kids and adults, just like the underrated movie.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.