Assuming any of us actually survive this election season, Netflix has a beautiful gift waiting for us just after the new year. On January 17, 2017, Netflix will unleash their much-anticipated series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events children’s books. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the show seems to be hitting all the right notes, and now the latest teaser has revealed one of series’ most exciting casting coups: a first look at Neil Patrick Harris as the evil Count Olaf. Check it out.
Originally published between 1999 and 2006, Daniel Handler’s 13-part children’s series — written under the pen name of Lemony Snicket — follow the sad and tempestuous lives of three orphans. After their parents are killed in a fire, young Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are handed over to their relative, Count Olaf. Unfortunately, Olaf is soon revealed to be more interested in their inheritance than their well being. If he has his way, one of those Unfortunate Events will wind up with the children dead and him suddenly wealthy. NPH is brilliant casting for Olaf — even better than Jim Carrey, who played the role in the 2004 film directed by Brad Siberling.
Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events show was developed by Mark Hudis, a TV veteran who’s worked on shows such as True Blood, Nurse Jackie, and That ’70s Show. The series was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) and written by Handler himself, so it’s coming straight from the source who conjured the world of the Baudelaires up in the first place.
This is actually a second time at bat for Handler and Sonnenfeld. Back when the Series of Unfortunate Events movie was still in the development pipeline, Sonnenfeld was at one point attached to direct, and Handler wrote a screenplay. Sonnenfeld eventually departed the project, and Handler’s script was rewritten. Now the two finally get to bring their vision of Lemony Snicket’s world to life, with a lush Netflix budget and a cast that includes Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Aasif Mandvi, and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket himself. Sounds dreadful…and like a delight.