Some time ago, an absolutely wonderful teaser made the hype gauges explode. Following the great feedback, Netflix decided to share a little more content this time. There is another adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, it was made in the year 2004. Since the screenplay wasn't very good, the movie had virtually no success. Jim Carrey’s performance as Count Olaf was amazing and so was that of the four child actors who played the protagonists (Emily Browning, Liam Aiken and the twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman). The overall aesthetic of the movie (locations, scenography and costume design) was also perfect, showing the books have been correctly interpreted by the Art Department, but sadly we can't say the same about the screenplay. The series of books that tell the misfortunes of the Baudelaire siblings is a long one aimed at children and it has a very particular style, very funny, very nerdy and full of lovable nonsense. It's definitely a hard one to adapt to the screen but in no way is it impossible. The most recent trailer released by Netflix is proof of that. Even the music gives perfect character to the odd setting that surrounds this Series of Unfortunate Events.
Those who have read the novels are going to get that warm and fuzzy feeling being understood gives you in the belly. Hey, maybe they'll even going to cry. The wide variety of settings and scenarios the book depicts seem to be perfectly included in this new adaptation. It seems that the TV format is a great way to tell the Baudelaires’ story, even better than cinema. The reduced amount of time doesn’t match well with the big amount of characters, disguises and environments the written work has to offer.
The show, to be reased in January 2017 (on a Friday the 13th, mind you) is going to have 50 minute-long episodes and at least eight have already been shot. Mark Palansky, the director of Penelope (2006), has directed two so far. Same with Barry Sonnenfeld, famous for directing Men In Black (1997) and its 2012 sequel. As to screenplay, at least one episode was written by Daniel Handler, the man who brought us the Lemony Snicket movie in 2004! We hope these 12 years have made a difference in his style, but with the new technological resources, TV format and creative licenses the comedy genre allows, it will definitely be an awesome and memorable adaptation.