Lately, Netflix has ramped up its original content with a new series order almost every other week (if not more often). The streaming service will adapt Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events into an all-new TV show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix acquired the rights to create an upcoming show based on the popular children’s novels. The books are written by Snicket, the pen name of author Daniel Handler, who’s signed on to executive produce the show. Paramount Television will produce Unfortunate Events, and it is a fitting partner for the series, since Paramount Television is a branch of the studio that produced the 2004 film based on Snicket’s books, which starred Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, and Jude Law.
“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,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content at Netflix, to THR. “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.”
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“I can’t believe it,” Snicket told THR. “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.”
This agreement comes shortly after Snicket created his own web series called You Choose the Mystery. It’s a satirical, black-and-white film noir story where viewers can do exactly as the title describes — choose their way through the story (a format which recently caught the attention of YouTube Nation, as well). The You Choose the Mystery series was created as a promotion for the four Unfortunate Events prequel books Handler just wrote.