The long-anticipated Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has finally announced its choice of director and executive producer, cementing the idea of production for a show that has, as of yet, been little more than a rumor.
The director of the ambitious project will be Barry Sonnenfeld, the mastermind behind The Addams Family movie series, along with the Men in Black trilogy. In addition to his track record of horror-humor blockbusters, Sonnenfeld has connections to the Unfortunate series from way back when – he worked as executive producer on the 2004 Series of Unfortunate Events movie, starring Jim Carrey. Though the Netflix series does not anticipate connecting the new material to the 2004 movie, hiring Sonnenfeld as director foreshadows that the tone of the Netflix original may be eerily similar to the film.
Netflix has announced the executive producer of the series as Mark Hudis (That 70s Show, True Blood). He will work alongside Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket’s cheerier alias) as executive producer of the Series of Unfortunate Events project.
The series is still without a set cast, the production team is still being assembled, and the project still has no clear timetable set for production. However, hiring the showrunners is a step in the direction of progress; unfortunate days are surely near.