Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events does not have a premiere date yet, but fans are already eager to have glimpses of the Baudelaire siblings. After all, the film version only lasted for two hours, leaving fans of Lemony Snicket’s beloved series yearning for more.
Neil Patrick Harris will give life to the role of Count Olaf. He revealed intriguing details about the upcoming series on a recent Live! With Kelly episode.
“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie. And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”
The How I Met Your Mother actor added that the tone would be darker than its predecessor.
“It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before,” he said.
Despite the eerie tone of the series, Harris said that Netflix is aiming to make A Series of Unfortunate Events kid-friendly.
He also revealed that the show is Netflix’s most expensive project to date.
“It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”
One of the major reasons behind Netflix’s lavish budget for the series is the use of prosthetics. Harris said that the team would typically spend two hours before filming to achieve Count Olaf’s look. The team’s effort does not go to waste because Harris then becomes unrecognizable.
The A Series of Unfortunate Events film adaptation, which mainly starred Meryl Streep, Jude Law and Jim Carrey, also relied on CGI technology to further enhance the movie. The highly-successful film had a production budget of $125 million.
Fans of the books rooted for the Baudelaire siblings in the film, that’s why they’re excited to see them again on the small screen.
Violet Baudelaire is the eldest of the orphans. She is a natural leader who has a penchant for inventing things. In the series, she has built several gears that have helped them survive an array of ill-fated circumstances. Malina Weissman will portray Violet in the upcoming show.
Klaus Baudelaire is a bibliophile who has spent much time in the family library. Despite being 12-years-old, he can remember a lot of information, which will be helpful as the siblings go on with their misadventures. Louis Hynes portrays the role of Klaus.
Sunny Baudelaire is a baby whose words are incomprehensible, but her siblings always know what she’s trying to say. Her “biting” skills have also saved them a couple of times.
As further details about A Series of Unfortunate Events remain a mystery, it’s free to speculate about the characters that might appear on the show’s first season. Basing on the first book of the series, The Bad Beginning, some of the characters who will appear are Count Olaf, the Baudelaire siblings, their estate executor Mr. Poe, Count Olaf’s kind neighbor Justice Strauss, and Count Olaf’s wicked theatre troupe.
Lemony Snicket will be in the show as well. Apart from being the series’ narrator, he will play a pivotal role in the lives of the children. His role went to Patrick Warburton.
The books are authored by Daniel Handler, even if some continue to think that the author’s name is “Lemony Snicket.” It was in 2014 when Netflix confirmed that they would create a show based on the books “unique, darkly funny, and relatable” world.
As reported by Variety, Handler said that it was unbelievable.
“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 will come out in 2017.
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