We finally have a date for the new Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events!
The première date for the Netflix eight-episode series is Friday, 13 January 2017, because of course the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans had to begin on Friday the 13th. After all, there were 13 books in the series, and each book had 13 chapters.
I loved the first few Unfortunate Events books, which were filled with pseudo-Victorian prose, literary allusions, and repeated suggestions that the reader stop reading and do something else, because things were only going to get worse. As the series progressed, though, the books got longer and less focused.
In the new Netflix version, Neil Patrick Harris will play the key role of Count Olaf, the orphans’ sinister uncle, and Patrick Warburton will be Lemony Snicket, the author and narrator of the books. (The 2004 film version starred Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, with Jude Law providing the voice of Lemony Snicket.)
I’m afraid that it’s going to be really tempting to binge on this one. I hope I can refrain, and give each episode the time it deserves.
In keeping with the tone of the books, Netflix has issued this recommendation:
“The world is vast and full of wonders. So on Friday, the 13th of January, please… watch something else.”