Netflix is reportedly adapting Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for an original series.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the title, it’s a series of thirteen children’s novels written by Daniel Handler, who uses the pen name Lemony Snicket. It was turned into a movie starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, and Jude Law, which was released in 2004.
Netflix has acquired the rights to the series, and is getting Paramount (which produced the film) to co-produce it. The Wrap shares a quote from Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland:
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, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.
The Hollywood Reporter shares one from Snicket:
“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 has always been good about basing content on built-in audiences. It’s basically the strategy the company has used since House of Cards. It’s also why its upcoming Marvel series additions are a no-brainer.
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