Netflix has set their sights on A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The streaming service has acquired the rights to the book series by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler), with plans to adapt it into a new television series aimed at a family audience, TVWise has learned.
The book series, which stands at 113 titles and has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide, tells the story of orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths.
Paramount, who produced a feature film based on the series more than a decade ago, are producing though their recently re-launched TV division in association with Netflix. Original author Daniel Handler will serve as an executive producer on the series, while the two companies are currently searching for a writer and director to take on the project.
“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 Cindy Holland, Netflix’s Vice-President of Original Content. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
A Series of Unfortunate Events marks the first Netflix original production aimed at a family audience. That said, the streaming giant has enjoyed success with series aimed at adults such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, while they have invested heavily in Kids programming with the likes of Turbo FAST, Ever After High and Magic School Bus.