2017 is set to begin on a dark and twisted note, and boy are we excited. Netflix is set to launch the TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The show will be based off of the thirteen book series written by Daniel Handler, the man better known under his pen name Lemony Snicket. The series has sold over 60 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 43 languages. It was adapted for the silver screen in 2004 with big names like Jim Carey and Jude Law playing the iconic characters of Count Olaf and Lemony Snicket. The series even has its own board games, card games, video games and albums.
The Netflix series is being produced by Paramount Television, the TV side of Paramount. Fans who worried about whether the show will be able to capture the twisted and incredible world of unfortunate events can breathe easy: Netflix has managed to bring in author Daniel Handler as the executive producer on the show. Rumoured to be a tad darker than its silver screen counterpart, the show is inclined to staying truer to the books.
The plot follows the lives of the three newly orphaned Baudelaire children. Violet, the inventor, Klaus, the reader and Sunny the biter as they move from one from foster home to another trying to escape the clutches of their wicked uncle, Count Olaf, who is determined to get his grimy hands on the children’s fortune.
The shows boasts of a diverse cast. Neil Patrick Harris plays the wretched, horrible, awful Count Olaf, the villain we are surely going to love to hate, while Patrick Warburton plays the part of Lemony Snicket. We were introduced to him when he appeared warning audiences about watching the series in the first glimpse of the Netflix show.
We will also get to watch Maline Weissman as Violet Baudelaire, while Louis Hynes is set to play Klaus Baudelaire; Joan Cusack will appear as the honourable Justice Strauss, Aasif Mandvi as the beloved uncle Monty and Todd Freeman as the well-meaning banker Mr. Poe.
The number of episodes per season still remains a bit of a mystery. While some sources claim there are eight episodes locked in for one season, contrasting reports claim the number will be closer to the side of thirteen. The screen time dedicated to each of Daniel Handler’s books still remains a little unclear, too. With some sources claiming there will be two episodes to one book, others declare it will take the whole of the first season to cover the first two books.
What we do know for sure is that the series is set to launch on Friday the Thirteenth of January, 2017 which is appropriately ominous, and we are most certainly counting down the days.
Check out the trailer below!