‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: First Trailer Features Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

     November 3, 2016

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Netflix has released the first A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer. Based on the books by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), the series follows the trials and tribulations of the Baudelaire orphans as they try to escape the grasp of their treacherous, conniving relative Count Olaf. The books were previously adapted in 2004 into a film starring Jim Carrey that was meant to serve as a franchise, but didn’t explode at the box office like Paramount hoped it would.

Now it’s getting a new lease on life as an eight-episode Netflix series, and yet judging by the trailer, it strongly resembles the movie. At this point, I’m not sure what’s drastically different other than we’re getting a longer adaptation. We also don’t know how many of the books the show will adapt. The movie adapted the first three books (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window), but I’m not sure how much the Netflix series is adapting. Hopefully, we’ll get more details as we get closer to the premiere date.

Check out the A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer below. All eight episodes premiere on Netflix on January 13, 2017.

Here’s the official synopsis for A Series of Unfortunate Events:

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death. The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.

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