We are slowly getting more information on the highly-anticipated A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Netflix.
According to Variety, True Blood‘s showrunner Mark Hudis will be in charge of adapting the acclaimed books by Lemony Snicket, both as a showrunner and as executive producer. Barry Sonnenfeld (Notes from the Underbelly, Criando Malvas) will be in charge of directing (he was also producer for the original 2004 movie version).
Little else is known yet. No release date, no production timetable, no castings. All we can do for now is speculate.
As successful as the original 2004 movie by Brad Silberling was and despite all the efforts from fans of the franchise, the film wasn’t followed by a sequel. The reason that was given by Silberling and co. was that the main cast that played the Baudelaire orphans (Emily Browning, Liam Aiken and Kara and Shelby Hoffman) had grown up very fast. As a matter of fact, Browning and Aiken looked much older than their ages in the books (14 and 12). In 2008, reports on a potential stop motion animation movie started surfing the web… but nothing really happened either.
Given that Netflix wouldn’t want to face the same problematic, I can’t help but wonder how many seasons will the series have. Personally, I wouldn’t say more than two. We still don’t know the format of the series either but I’m guessing that, if episodes are 40-60 minutes long, every episode will be covering one book. 40 to 60 minutes per book would seem logical since the movie featured the first three books under 108 minutes. However, the later books are longer and more complex so we can’t be too sure about that.