Streaming content giant, Netflix, are putting into development a TV show based on the popular children’s book series A Series Of Unfortunate Events. After landing the rights, the company now plans to fast-track the adaptation along with Paramount Television.
At this stage, Netflix are currently seeking out a director for the live-action series who’ll do justice to the unique visuals depicted in Lemony Snicket’s tales. With Paramount’s involvement, that process ought to be a breeze, as they’ve already dabbled with the franchise. Back in 2004, they released a hugely successful feature with Jim Carrey in the starring role as Count Olaf which netted them a cool $209 million worldwide. Needless to say, Netflix’s VP of Content is extremely excited to be spearheading the co-op show:
“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. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
The 13-book series has spawned a loyal following of all ages, with over 65 million copies sold worldwide. Storywise, they follow three orphaned children who are at the whimsy of an eccentric count, all while Lemony Snicket provides the narration. Of course, Snicket is the adopted monicker of true author, Daniel Handler, but that’s not stopped Netflix from indulging the fictitious man, who was asked of his opinion on the series:
“I can’t believe it,” Snicket said, from an undisclosed location. “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.”
“Mr. Snicket’s participation will be limited, given his emotional distress, but the project has the full involvement of his legal, literary and social representative Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for him.”
That’s all we know thus far on A Series Of Unfortunate Events, but stay tuned for more news on Netflix’s next family adventure as it lands.