Back in 2004, Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, and Jude Law — and director Brad Silberling — attempted to launch a movie franchise based on Daniel Handler’s Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Despite good reviews, the first film performed miserably ($118 million domestic, on a $140 million budget) and Paramount’s attempt to launch the next Harry Potter franchise stalled.
Paramount Television is giving the book series another go, but this time, they’re not going to try to compress a lot into a limited amount of time. Instead, they’re adapted the children’s book series into a TV show for Netflix.
“I can’t believe it,” Snicket said from an undisclosed location. “After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.”
Netflix, which understands that getting kids hooked is just as important as getting adult subscribers because children obviously wield more power than their parents, also has plans for an animated series spun off from Madagascar, All Hail King Julien, and they’re also bringing back Richie Rich.
Just stay away from Scrappy Doo, Netflix. That little dog is toxic.