Netflix is pushing into live-action family entertainment, buying the rights to adapt the bestselling book series Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” reports Deadline.com.
The streaming service is fast-tracking the project, which is being produced by Netflix with Paramount Television. Paramount was the studio behind the 2004 film based on the books, which included Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep in the cast and grossed $209 million.
“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
The 13-book series has sold more than 65 million copies. The books are narrated by Snicket and tell the woeful adventures of orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire as they try to keep one step ahead of the evil Count Olaf.
Lemony Snicket is a pen name for U.S. novelist Daniel Handler.