“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.” – Lemony Snicket
It’s official. The calamitous — a word which here means, unfortunate — tale of the Baudelaire orphans is coming to Netflix. It’s no secret that the 2004 film left fans feeling crestfallen, as Paramount Pictures failed to adequately deliver on the beloved bummer of a story, bringing what could have been hours and hours of material to a wickedly and somewhat incongruous ending.
But Netflix, in cooperation with Paramount TV, seems determined to check off every nostalgic box the 2004 film missed. Stretching out the story into an entire series to be binge-watched for hours — okay, days — at a time just seems the right thing to do. While the producers of the show have been trying (or pretending) to keep everything a secretive as the Snicket File , what we do know looks pretty damn awesome.
Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events:
will play the ghastly guardian Count Olaf…
…with as the woebegone writer and narrator, Lemony Snicket…
… , 12, as Violet, the young inventor and eldest Baudelaire child…
…Louis Hynes as her younger brother Klaus, the determined researcher and middle child…
…Aasif Mandhi in the role of Uncle Monty, the herbologist…
…the Two White-Faced Women will be portrayed by Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins…
…Usman Ally as Fernald, a.k.a. The Hook-Handed Man…
…Matty Cardarople as the Person Who Looks Like Neither A Man Nor A Woman…
…Joan Cusack as the honorable Justice Strauss…
…K. Todd Freeman as the well-meaning but rarely very helpful Mr. Poe…
Last but not least, Jack Forrester will play the young Poe son, Albert.
It’s worth mentioning that there is a RUMOR that the unbelievably talented Bernadette Peters will grace the cast as grammar fanatic Aunt Josephine. IMDB says so, but unfortunately, nobody else does. Contrary to what the Volunteers Fighting Disease may say, picturing something does not make it so. But STILL. Meryl Streep’s Aunt J was by far the strongest part of the 2004 ASOUE movie, so they’re going to have to get someone pretty damn special to follow up that performance.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family, Pushing Daisies)
Showrunner/Executive Producer: Mark Hudis
Writer: Daniel Handler (Yes, you read that right. The awful author himself is going to be writing the screenplays for this series!)
There Is No Trailer For A Series Of Unfortunate Events
…or is there? This basically perfect “fan-made” trailer landed on YouTube a little while ago, posted by user Eleanora Poe (that’s the name of the editor of the Daily Punctilio). While sources like and Daniel Handler insist it isn’t legit, knowing the Snicket style of stirring up publicity and then trying to dodge it (seriously, who has an Unauthorized Autobiography?), this could all just be part of the scheme.
Either way, the trailer is awesome, and features the song “Missed Me” by the Dresden Dolls. Watch it here:
Eleanora Poe, whomever you are: I owe you a gimlet, you trickster. –DH
— Daniel Handler (@DanielHandler)
But We Do Have These Set Photos!
According to , filming has already started, primarily in Vancouver, as of March 2016. In case you had any doubts about Neil Patrick Harris being as perfect for the role as Jim Carrey, here he is looking every inch the vile villain:
See how he glares at that innocent woman with the jacket?
Notice the utter disgust brewing beneath those eyebrows as he feigns cleanliness by moving the smudges around on his glasses.
Here’s Usman Ally taking a short break from having hooks where his hands should be:
And here’s Matty Cardaple looking just as ambiguous but not nearly as obese as we thought they would:
The Two White-Faced Women might better be described as the Two Gray-Haired Women:
Other Information About Netflix’s ASOUE
Several sources have reported that the show will take on an even darker tone than the books — which couldn’t be more fitting, since most of the people dying of anticipation are millennials in their early twenties that devoured the books when they came out they came out (The Bad Beginning hit shelves in 1999).