Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has acquired the rights to produce an original series based on the internationally best-selling series of books, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
“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, “ said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
“I cant believe it,” Mr. 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.”
Mr. Snicket’s participation will be limited, given his emotional distress, but the project has the full involvement of his legal, literary and social representative Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for him.
The series will be a Netflix production in association with Paramount Television. Paramount was the studio behind the successful 2004 movie.
A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes, and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages.
Mr. Snicket’s new book is Shouldnt You Be in School?, the third volume of “All The Wrong Questions,” which tells the story of Snicket’s own childhood exploits. Daniel Handlers next novel for adults is the highly-anticipated We Are Pirates, which Neil Gaiman says is, “Honest and funny, dark and painful. We Are Pirates reads like the result of a nightmarish mating experiment between Joseph Heller and Captain Jack Sparrow. Its the strangest, most brilliant offering yet from the mind behind Lemony Snicket.” Mr. Handler will host the National Book Awards this November in New York next month.