Unfortunate things are coming to Netflix—miserabile, vile, carnivorous things. Lemony Snicket's dark and droll A Series of Unfortunate Events is coming to the screen again, this time as a series from Netflix.
Image from the series' Facebook page.
Deadline has the rather amusing press release announcing that Netflix will be adapting the trials and tribulations of the Baudelaire siblings that started with the book The Bad Beginning. The search is currently on for a director to helm the streaming series. Snicket himself is, naturally, quite distressed by the news:
"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." Netflix went on to say, "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."
This is, of course, a cute nod to the fact that Snicket is, in fact, Daniel Handler's pen name. This will be the second on-screen adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events; the first was the 2004 feature film starring Jim Carrey as the nefarious Count Olaf, the series' main antagonist.