Netflix to create “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
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For once, Lemony Snicket may have just hit something fortunate: “A Series of Unfortunate Events is being turned into a TV series.
Netflix and Paramount Television recently picked up the popular project. Author Daniel Handler’s best-selling children’s book series by the same name has also been adapted to a 2004 film starring Jim Carrey.
In the chapter books, Handler’s persona Lemony Snicket recounts dark stories about the miserable, troubling and treacherous experiences of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire as they try to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths.
Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix, commented to CNN “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.’ 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 TV series has been fast-tracked, thanks to Paramount Television’s support, and the search for a director continues. According to CNN Entertainment, Handler will be one of the TV series’ executive producers.
A date for the release of the “Unfortunate Events” series has not been set, as it was only earlier this month that Netflix unveiled their plans for Handler’s book series.
Netflix is stepping into new terrain by basing one of their newest original series on a beloved book series. First-year Vanessa McCann commented, “I never read the books or saw the original movie, but I think it’s smart that Netflix picked a series iconic to the childhood of what is probably their biggest market, our generation. I know the books were really popular when we were in grade school so there may be that nostalgic appeal for our demographic, not to mention the original audience of young children. I’m interested to see how it turns out!”
Since 1999, when the first book of the series was released, until now, the 13 books have sold over 65 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages. In character as Lemony Snicket, Handler stated, “I can’t believe it…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.”
The books first hit shelves in 1999, and many students grew up reading and falling in love with Handler’s stories. Third-year Daniel Namkung “I’m excited! I read the book series in my early teen years, so it could be cool to see the stories come alive. But I know they’ve made a movie already. And the plots would be somewhat predictable, which could be bad.”
Third-year Sarah Gowing commented, “I read the books when I was younger and thought they were amazing. I just hope the TV series does them justice.”
Similarly, third-year Alisa Unell said, “I think this is an interesting example of the expansion of Netflix as a company. Their recent attempts at production have been hit or miss in quality and popularity.
“Unfortunate Events” is not the only TV series Netflix has been working on as of late. Other recent Netflix projects consist of “Archie,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Twin Peaks,” “Big,” “Madagascar: All Hail King Julian,” and “Richie Rich.”
From shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black” to “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Netflix is attempting to make great strides toward providing family-friendly material for their subscribers.