Netflix has announced plans to adapt Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as a drama series. Netflix has teamed up with Paramount to produce the series and a search for the director is underway.
The online streaming service has teamed up with Paramount to produce the series and a search for the director is underway.
The childrens series follows the lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who, after their parents die in a house fire, go and live with their distant cousin and inheritance thief Count Olaf. The 13 books have racked up sales of a massive 4,421,646 copies in the UK, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Netflix’s v.p. of original content Cindy Holland said: “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. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, andrelatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
“I can’t believe it,” said Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket. “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.”
Paramount released a film adaption of the books, entitled "Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events" and starring Jim Carrey, in 2004.