A tale of death and misfortune in the lives of three innocent children, A Serious of Unfortunate Events has been roundly applauded as a great feat of young adult literature. Narrated by the heartbroken Lemony Snicket, who often seems more preoccupied with his beloved Beatrice than with the misadventures of the three Baudelaire orphans, it follows the children through a plot of mystery and intriuge as they try to unearth the truth about their parents’ fiery death. Haunted by their creepy old relative, Count Olaf, as he pursues their inheritance, their struggle through thirteen books takes them all over the world and into the heart of a secret society…
Not just a story for kids with a dark sense of humour, the writing it rightly celebrated for being so incredibly thought out – with even the narrator himself a character in his own right. The books have spawned merchandise left, right and centre, including a video game, a board game, a card game and a 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey as the ominous Count Olaf. It covered the plot of the first few books but, though it did well at the box office, it apparently didn’t do well enough that a follow up movie hasn’t been delayed indefinitely.
Instead, Netflix has taken up the mantle and a TV series has been in the works for a while.
Fittingly, not a lot has been shared about the new series. It has long been known that Neil Patrick Harris will be taking on the role of Count Olaf this time, although the only glimpses we’ll have on him in costume have been hastily snatched.
Netflix has now released a teaser trailer for the show – and tease it does.
In keeping with the mysterious nature of the series, it really doesn’t give a whole lot away – but it certainly does intrigue. Featuring Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket himself, it is just as meta as the original novels, with the solemn-faced narrator strolling through a deserted film set, warning viewers against letting themselves get tangled up in the pain and misery this series of events is soon to unveil.
In a eerily beautiful decision, the whole series will be available to watch – against the good judgement of Mr Snicket himself – from Friday 13th January 2017.