Netflix are in the process of developing a TV series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, the project is on the fast track with Netflix already looking for a director to bring this ambitious series to life.
This isn’t the first time the best selling books by Daniel Handler have been turned into live-action, back in 2004 Jim Carrey took on the role as Count Olaf in the movie adaptation that was intended to launch a franchise. A troubled production and a confused marketing campaign that pitched the movie as a mix of Harry Potter and Tim Burton did little to help, Handler wasn’t that pleased with the end results and he felt it wasn't a representation of the movie they set out to make.
All 13 books have been acquired for adaptation by Netflix and Paramount Television, so if all goes well on season one we could see all the books brought to the small screen.
“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.” - Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content, Cindy Holland
Over the last two years, Netflix has produced a wealth of original content and has legitimised online platforms creating its own TV quality programmes with the likes of House Of Cards, Arrested Development, Orange Is The New Black and Lillyhammer. In addition to this, Netflix also boasts an impressive array of original documentaries and has recently ventured into animated, Turbo and Madagascar spin-off All Hail King Julien for the kids with BoJack Horseman for the grown-ups. Add to that already impressive list four forthcoming Marvel projects and a four picture deal with Adam Sandler, Netflix are making some bold steps and are setting the pace for other studios to keep up with.