Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” show just took a giant step toward becoming a reality now that the streaming giant has found two phenomenal producers to bring the story from the page to the small screen. Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld have been tapped to lead the project to fruition on the streaming service.
According to Variety, Hudis, who previously worked on the hit HBO series “True Blood,” will serve as the show runner and executive producer while Sonnenfeld will direct and executive produce. Daniel Handler, who created the Lemony Snicket character, is also billed as an executive producer on behalf of Paramount Television, which many will note is responsible for the critically bashed movie rendition of the story led by Jim Carrey in 2004. As previously reported, the Netflix series has a lot of work to do if it wants to improve upon the movie, and it looks like it’s betting all it has on Hudis and Sonnenfeld to do so.
It was announced in late 2014 that Netflix had acquired the rights to the popular book series, which has sold more than 65 million copies since its debut in 1999. The stories focus on a trio of orphaned children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. When they’re forced to move in with the villainous Count Olaf, they find themselves on a wacky string of adventures that they hope will ultimately lead them to uncovering the mystery behind their parents’ deaths.
“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 Netflix’s vice president of original content, Cindy Holland (via The Wrap). “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
In July 2015, fans of the book series were duped by a fake teaser trailer that was designed to look like it was officially made by Netflix. Unfortunately (pun intended), Netflix confirmed to The Huffington Post that the video was not actually made by anyone with the company. This means that, although the video below is quite well made, it cannot be considered canon in terms of whatever Netflix has in mind for the upcoming series.
Check out the unofficial teaser trailer for the show below. Remember, it’s not necessarily indicative of what the upcoming show will be like.