Netflix to Produce a Series Based on Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
Netflix has acquired the rights to adapt Lemony Snicket’s bestselling “A Series of Unfortunate Events” franchise into a live-action TV series.
A Netflix production, the streaming service will create the series in partnership with Paramount Television, the TV arm of Paramount Pictures, which produced the 2004 “Lemony Snicket” film starring Jim Carrey.
Based on the book series of the same name, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” will follow the trials and tribulations of three orphaned children — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire — as they try to unravel the mystery behind their parents’ death, while having to deal with their villainous uncle Count Olaf, who is trying to steal their inheritance.
Narrated by Snicket, the pen-name of author Daniel Handler, who will executive produce the Netflix series, the 13 books in the franchise have combined to sell more than 65 million copies in 43 languages. The 2004 movie with Jim Carrey grossed more than $200 million.
“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,’” said Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix, in a statement. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
The “A Series of Unfortunate Events” adaptation is the latest original property to join Netflix’s kids programming slate, which recently added a “Richie Rich” adaptation from DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV.
The project is also one of several that will be produced by Netflix, which started its originals business by acquiring series from Hollywood studios. With more of an ownership stake in this adaptation, as well as film projects with The Weinstein Company and Adam Sandler, Netflix will likely benefit from any distribution deals for the show in non-Netflix territories.Tags: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket, Netflix, netflix originals, Paramount Television