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Netflix to adapt A Series of Unfortunate Events as a live-action series

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Nov 5, 2014, 8:03 PM EST (Updated)

There’s more villainous Count Olaf coming our way as Netflix acquires the rights to adapt Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events as a live-action series.

Narrated by the fictional Snicket, the children's series of books (13 in all) tells the misfortunes of orphaned siblings Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of their evil uncle Count Olaf as they search for their fortune while trying to uncover the secret of their parents’ untimely demise.

Deadline reports that Netflix is currently looking for a director to help re-create Snicket’s fantastical visual world for TV and is producing the project (which is apparently being fast-tracked) hand in hand with Paramount Television. Paramount was the studio behind the 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf.

Cindy Holland, who is VP Original Content at Netflix, said: “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. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”

Snicket said of the project “I can’t believe it. After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.” With Netflix replying, “Mr. Snicket’s participation will be limited, given his emotional distress, but the project has the full involvement of his legal, literary and social representative Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for him” (Lemony Snicket is, of course, the pen name used by Handler).

What do you think of Netflix adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events as a live-action series? Is it an unfortunate event or a positive development?

(via Deadline