Netflix have just blown our minds by releasing this teaser for its Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events series and it has blown our minds… did we say that, already?
The genius thing is that nothing is known about the series’ cast or crew… the story of three children who are orphaned when their parents die in a house fire and are taken into the care of the evil Count Olaf was written by Lemony Snicket – real name Daniel Handler – and is a very successful series of books for kids (and adults).
The story has previously been a movie starring Jim Carrey as Olaf (trailer) and it certainly looks like the new series will be of a similar tone to the movie, a gothic, steampunk infused, Tim Burton-esque nightmare of sorts… which is curious because -and we have serious doubts about this – rumours are that Carrey is expected by fans to reprise the role.
This is unlikely because it would mean that Netflix would redo what we’ve seen before (the movie covers the first three books in the series) with Carrey once again in the role OR the series is a sequel to the movie. We find either scenario unlikely .
But we could be wrong. It does happen. From time to time.
Of the series, author Handler wrote: “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.”
We have no doubt that, no matter the direction, tone or talent behind it, Netflix will once again knock it out of the park.
Just another reason to be excited for 2016…
Oh, and the awesome music in the trailer is Missed Me by the Dresden Dolls. You’re welcome.
UPDATED: Netflix has announced that the teaser is a fake… we’re devastated.