Well, there’s nothing unfortunate about this news…
Increasingly popular but still-not-entirely-obtainable-in-this-country streaming service Netflix have announced plans for a television adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The 13-volume book series has become somewhat of a cult favourite with readers, chronicling the chronically unlucky Baudelaire siblings – three children who were orphaned in a house fire.
Now, you might remember Netflix from such insanely addictive ventures as Orange Is the New Black – or as that company that totally bought Arrested Development back from the dead. So when it comes to original content, the beloved book series appears to be in relatively safe hands.
A film adaptation of the first three novels in the series premiered in 2004, starring Jim Carey. While a sequel was planned, it never really eventuated – which is bad news for those who where keen on seeing the subsequent 10 book to the initial trilogy receive the on air treatment.
Lemony Snicket, who is the fictional persona crafted by author Daniel Handler, made a rare public comment after the news broke, stating that:
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”.
Providing a more factual statement is Netflix VP of Original Content, Cindy Holland, who probably tied her hair up in a red ribbon at some point before making this decision:
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
Casting announcements have yet to be made. In the interim, here’s a gif of Emily Browning who starred as eldest sibling Violet in the original film. I know that these were technically children’s books but man, did shit get profound or what?
Feature Image: Paramount Pictures