At last, Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for its Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series, which will run for eight episode in mid-January. Given the tepid response to the 2004 film version starring Jim Carrey, Netflix is once again giving book readers and others hope that where a story fails to work elsewhere (as a movie or as a TV show on the wrong network), Netflix stands ready to swoop in and snatch it up, using its immense budget and lack of oversight to give the creatives free rein. And in this case, it’s coming directly from the creator of the books, Daniel Handler.
The trailer also gives us an extended look at Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf, and he seems to be having a ball with the role. The series is clearly geared towards kids, and the budget isn’t as lavish as it might be, but it is a world full of dark splendors and looks like it could be quite a bit of fun — as long as it keeps up the energy shown in the trailer.
Check out that full-length trailer below. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events also stars Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, Joan Cusack, and Alfre Woodard, and premieres Friday the 13th of January on Netflix.
Here’s the official synopsis for Lemony Snicket’s 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, Lemony Snicket’s 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 also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire). The series premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.