Director Brad Silberling confirmed to SCI FI Wire that he hopes to resuscitate the Lemony Snicket movie series, but in a different way from 2004's live-action film adaptation of Daniel Handler's beloved children's book series: stop-motion animation.
"Daniel Handler and I stayed in touch, and I think just charging off and doing another live-action movie is one way to go," Silberling said in an exclusive interview Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was promoting his upcoming Land of the Lost. "[But] what I got excited about was the idea of completely turning it on its ear and finding a whole other medium in which to work."
Silberling directed the original film, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which follows the adventures of a trio of orphans who are pursued by a distant relative intent on killing them and claiming their inheritance. The film starred Jim Carrey, Emily Browning and Liam Aiken (pictured above).
Silbering revealed that he already has specific ideas about how a sequel would transition from the original film's style into something different. "So, again, nothing too concrete, but my thing I talked to Handler about was if you start the movie with everybody thinking you're heading into another live-action movie," Silberling said.
"But it's taken so long for this one to happen, and Olaf is still stuck in the makeup trailer and everyone else, and so Lemony Snicket basically tells you, 'Unfortunately, enough waiting: No, we're going to have to tell you the real story.' Boom, you dial through a soundstage door, and you're introduced into a stop-motion universe, and actually that's my hope is for the next film, that it can be stop-motion."
Silberling also said there are some outstanding legal issues revolving around the franchise, but added that he hopes they will be summarily resolved and that the films will stay with their original distributor.
"Anytime you have a studio split—and there was a studio split between Paramount and DreamWorks, everybody can see that they're no longer sort of together," he said. "But that actually is not a bad thing for us; I think Paramount in particular had expressed interest in maybe trying to find a way back to the franchise."