Neil Patrick Harris signs on to star in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Jan 18, 2016, 1:22 PM EST

If you’ve been wanting Neil Patrick Harris to resurface in a more genre-friendly role in the years since Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, you’re in luck.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the How I Met Your Mother alum is in talks to star in Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The children’s book series, written by Daniel Handler, is currently in development at Netflix. Though it has Harris in the starring role, the project is still looking for a showrunner following former showrunner Mark Hudis’ exit. Despite the absence at the top, Handler is still attached to produce.

The 13-book series follows the story of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who wind up in the villainous hands of an evil man named Count Olaf, who is going after the family fortune. The book series has sold more than 60 million copies over the years and racked up several awards and nominations.

Before Netflix locked the project in straight-to-series for 13 episodes, a film adaptation starring Jim Carrey was released in 2004. The film was directed by Brad Silberling, who will reportedly return to direct the pilot for the new series.

Do you think casting Harris is a good direction for the project?


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)