With the smashing success of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, it’s clear that Netflix can produce high quality original content. However, now the streaming service is expanding its scope as it looks to reach younger viewers as well as adults with its original series output. THR reports that Netflix has acquired the rights to produce a TV series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a series of best-selling novels published between 1999 and 2006 by author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). The books follow the lives of three children after their parents’ death in a house fire, as they were subsequently placed in the custody of their nefarious cousin/uncle Count Olaf, who plotted to steal their inheritance. After they were taken out of his care, he continued to hunt the children down, resulting in the titular series of events. More after the jump.
The books were adapted into a feature film in 2004 starring Jim Carrey, though it failed to spawn the film franchise that Paramount was expecting. With this Netflix series, though, the streaming service has the opportunity to create its first original live-action show geared directly towards kids. They launched the animated series Turbo FAST last December, but that show thus far has failed to make a big splash. It’ll be interesting to see how Netflix adapts A Series of Unfortunate Events from a creative standpoint, especially given the fact that it will be live-action.
The production value on House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black is quite high, and Netflix has a series of Marvel shows on the horizon (the first, Daredevil, premieres sometime next year) that promise interesting visuals as well, so one can imagine the world of A Series of Unfortunate Events being brought to live in vivid detail on the small screen.