Fans of the book series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” will be excited to hear that the lead roles for the Netflix adaptation have already been cast.
Some time in 2014, it was reported that Netflix will be adapting a television version of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” After a rigorous casting call, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed just recently that “Supergirl” actress Malina Weissman and neophyte Louise Hynes will play the lead roles of Violet and Klaus Baudelaire.
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier in January that there were ongoing negotiations for Neil Patrick Harris to portray the devious Count Olaf. On Twitter, the “How I Met Your Mother” alum posted: “I’m excitedish to portray Count Olaf – its spending all day with those three horrible child actors that will be a challenge.”
In 2014, Daniel Handler, the author of the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books, otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, told Deadline, “I can’t believe it. 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.”
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” follows the lives of the Baudelaire children ? Violet, Klaus, and Sunny ? as they try to uncover the mystery behind the untimely deaths of their parents while under the care of Count Olaf. Proving to be a terrible guardian, Olaf consequently loses guardianship over the children and commences plotting a series of attempts to steal their fortune.
Prior to this show, a movie adaptation of the books, which starred Emily Browning as Violet, Liam Aiken as Klaus, Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine, and Jude Law as the voice of Lemony Snicket, was released in 2004.
Despite the 2004 movie earning $209 million worldwide, ComingSoon.Net reports that the film was too costly to pitch in a “Harry Potter”-like franchise. The figures in Box Office Mojo shows a production budget of $140 million for the film.
Although it was initially reported that Mark Hudis will serve as the showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter said that he will be exiting the project. Meanwhile, Barry Sonnenfeld is set to direct the series.
No release date has yet been announced; however, the show is slated to be shot in March in Vancouver.