Film and TV

A Series of Unfortunate Episodes

by on 06/11/2014
 

“I can’t believe it,” Snicket is reported to have 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 went on to say, “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.”

Whereas the 2004 film combined the first three books into a single adventure, the tv series looks set to tackle all 13.

Yes, that is right – Netflix is adapting the franchise into an original series. Additionally, Paramount Television — the TV extension of the studio behind the 2004 feature that starred Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law — will produce the series in association with Netflix.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series which follows the adventures of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf – although, given the circumstances, you would more accurately call them misadventures, as they face a multitude of trials, tribulations and misfortunes, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death.

As a kid, I loved the film. However, despite the fact that there was interesting in making the rest of the franchise, I found that the film had answered questions too early on. It left no other real questions, other than when the nefarious Count Olaf would strike next. Additionally, it set a standard for squeezing multiple books into a single feature presentation – a prime example would be the 2008 adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles, another of movies by Nickelodeon.

Now, with an entire series, they have the potential to expand beyond the first three books and into previously unexplored territory, such as the other villains and the Quagmire triplets (another group of siblings who lost their parents to similar circumstances).

 

 

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