Netflix has announced plans to adapt Lemoney Snicket’s beloved 13-part series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The live-action series will be geared towards children and families, though we imagine many young adults will be tuning in to see one of their favorite stories come to life.
Netflix is currently in search of a director.
“I can’t believe it,” Snicket said in a press release “from an undisclosed location” (readers recall that “Lemony Snicket” is a pen name for Daniel Handler). “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.”
Netflix’s VP of Original Content Cindy Holland describes the book series as “unique, darkly funny, and relatable.” She’s right, so we hope these comments mean they’ll place good care into adapting the story.
The streaming service noted that Snicket’s involvement with the adaptation will be “limited” due to “emotional distress.” We’re not sure if this is a subtle way of saying that Handler, the real author, will not be involved.
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the story of three orphaned children who have to live with their uncle named Count Olaf (played by Jim Carrey in the film adaptation). The series’ thirteen books were published between 1999 and 2006.
This won’t be Netflix’s first attempt at creating an original series for children. The instant streaming service currently offers a series based on Dreamworks’ Turbo, while How to Train Your Dragon and Puss in Boots are currently in the pipeline.
Will you give the ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ show a try?
With 13 books, Netflix will have a huge amount of material to work off of. We’re hoping each season will represent one (or two? or three?) book(s) and run for five to six hours.