Way back in 2004 the hottest new franchise opportunities for Hollywood studios came via successful children’s books – preferably, books having to do with wizards, witches or some combination of the two. To these ends, Paramount/Dreamworks snapped up the rights to the darkly comic “Lemony Snicket’s” series of 14 books, and then combined the first three of these into the film “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”. The plan was to make more of these films, but that plan went awry when the movie only brought in $118 million domestically off of a $140 million budget. “Harry Potter” it wasn’t.
So color me surprised to hear that a “Lemony Snicket’s” sequel is still being discussed. Cinefools hit the “Land of the Lost” premier and put the question of a Count Olaf resurrection to director Brad Silberling:
“I actually think it’s going to see the light of day.”
Silberling went on to say that plans for a sequel became “mired” in the studio politics of the Paramount/Dreamworks split but that he would “love nothing more than to do that…” A sequel, he means I am actually a big fan of “Lemony Snicket’s” – both the books and the film – so I would love nothing more than to see Brad Silberling get this project back on track… well, nothing more may be a bit of an overstatement. I’m still waiting for an Edward Gorey to movie to come out…