A dozen years ago the big screen adaptation of Burton-esque kid-lit series Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events pretty much fell in a heap, despite a hefty budget and a pretty stellar* cast that included Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall and a pre-fame Emily Browning. Now Netflix, the Pet Sematary of unfairly truncated cult properties, is bringing it back in the form of an eight part (so far) series.
There’s not much to see here, except the rather wonderful Patrick Warburton as narrator Lemony Snickett, imploring us not to watch the terrible tale of the Baudelaire children, who are menaced by the sinister Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) throughout the course of the series. there’s no sight of Harris, but we do hear a snatch of his maniacal laughter. It’s the teasiest of teasers, but it sets the tone perfectly.
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld who, weirdly enough, jumped ship from the earlier adaptation over a budgetary dispute, Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events debuts on January 13, 2017.