|Source: Magic of Ice Cream|
Netflix and Paramount Television have today announced the development of a small-screen adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events series of teen fiction novels. Originally released on an irregular basis between 1999 and 2006, these tonally disheartening yet dramatically compelling literary works for the most part went down a storm with their young(-ish) target audience upon their début over in the United States and subsequent release here in the United Kingdom.
If only the same could be said of Brad Silberling's much-loathed 2004 cinematic adaptation; despite starring the likes of Jim Carrey, Timothy Spall, Jude Law and Billy Connolly - quite what was going through their minds when they agreed to appear on the basis of its seemingly woeful screenplay is, for once, beyond us - this inherently flawed motion picture hasn't stood the test of time by any means, especially given the vast disparity in quality between it and the wave of accomplished Hollywood adaptations such as The Hunger Games and Divergent which has landed on our shores in the meantime. Netflix's marketing team had little to say regarding what we can expect from their own take on Snicket's twelve-part exploration of all that's grim in the world save for more of the "unique, darkly funny, and relatable" action witnessed in the source material, but with any luck, having Paramount - whose film division produced the original motion picture and therefore knows all too well how things went astray - along for the ride should allow them to acquire all of the resources needed in order to craft a rendition that finally does its license the justice it deserves.
Keep it On-Screen to discover the latest news and thoughts on developments surrounding Netflix's impending reimagining of A Series of Unfortunate Events as and when they surface online.