A (Netflix) series of unfortunate events

After initially announcing its production in 2014, Netflix has finally taken the show off the back burner, and let the audience in on the latest update. Lemony Snicket’s (aka Daniel Handler’s) dark twisted children’s books are coming to the smaller screen in a thirteen episode adaptation – and we couldn’t be more excited. Netflix prides itself on providing fun for the whole family, and although technically intended for children, A Series of Unfortunate Events has become popular amongst adults too due to it’s satirical approach to dark themes and spooky visuals.

We will once again be seeing the Baudelaire siblings reliving their terrible misfortunes, although hopefully this time it will be better than the 2004 Jim Carrey rendition. Daniel Handler will serve as executive producer, having made the following statement: “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.”

How I Met Your Mother fans will be delighted to know that the adaptation will see Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf – the dark, sinister, money-driven uncle trying to steal the Baudelaire siblings’ inheritance. It will be interesting to see how Harris takes on the role – whilst he is a talented actor, the part is not an easy one. But he certainly fits the aesthetic of the tall, skinny villain; and the makeup department will sort out the rest.

No official trailer has been released as of yet, but an exceptional 35-second fan-made teaser (or could it be an untimely leak?) is already on YouTube. The clip stays true to the books’ eerie style, panning a Gothic room swarming with maggots, spiders and monsters in jars. Maybe this hasn’t come directly from Netflix, but it makes us hope that their version will be no less creepy.


Sofia Dedyukhina


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