It's been 10 years since Nickelodeon tried, and failed, to make the beloved book series A Series of Unfortunate Events into a successful movie franchise. While many fans had been looking forward to it, it became an unmitigated disaster, with the focus being more on the cameos and Jim Carrey's slapstick comedy than on the actual plot, diverging from the more serious tone of the books. While it still had the dark moments, and was shot with a very grim air about it, it didn't coincide with the absurdity and wackiness with which Carrey, who played the villain, was trying to portray in Count Olaf.
It seems, however, that Netflix has decided to take another chance on the Baudelaire orphans, and have ordered a series run based on the children's book. As it is a thirteen book series, I can't help but wonder if they may do it with a book an episode but I surely hope not as that would seem too cluttered and rushed, much like the movie which tried to fit the first three books into an hour and a half.
When speaking of the buy, the author, who's real name is Daniel Handler but wrote under the pen name Lemony Snicket, had this to say, in much the same voice as his old writing habit.
After years of providing top quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking it's reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.
They have yet to find the right director, so it will be awhile before the series will return to our screens, but in the mean time you could always check them out at your local bookstore or library.