The streaming network has just announced that they are fast-tracking the adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as a Netflix Original Series.

After gaining huge success with their original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix seems to be aiming for the family entertainment market next. The company has announced plans to adapt the 13-book long saga as a live-action series, co-producing the project with Paramount Television.

A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the story of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Bauldelaire, as narrated by Snicket. The kids are chased by the villainous Count Olaf, and are also faced by an evil uncle who is after their fortune. The children are in a quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death.

“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series of Unfortunate Events,” said Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content for Netflix in a statement. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”

“I can’t believe it,” Snicket said, from an undisclosed location. “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.” Netflix clarified that “Mr. Snicket’s participation will be limited, given his emotional distress, but the project has the full involvement of his legal, literary and social representative Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for him.”

Lemony Snicket is of course a pseudonym for Daniel Handler. The American author uses the Snicket pen name to write books for children.

Readers may recall that an Unfortunate Events film hit theatres back in 2004, starring Jim Carrey. Paramount was behind the project that went on to gross $209 million in the box office.

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