We reported back in January that How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris was the favourite to play Count Olaf in the new TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now it seems the deal has been done, and the new series which will air on Netflix with Harris playing the villainous Count.
According to Deadline, the series will be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld with Paramount TV acting as producers on the series. Harris will be joined by Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes who will play the orphans Violet and Klaus, with the third child Sunny Baudelaire yet to be cast. Fans of the book series will remember that Jim Carrey played Count Olaf in the 2004 movie adaptation; and with a serial adaptation being planned it can be hoped that more of the story of the orphans as they battle an evil uncle in the aim to find out how their parents met their untimely death.
Deadline also reported that Netflix have also found the man himself Lemony Snicket for the project. Snicket acts as the narrator of the story and will be played by Patrick Warburton who is best known for voicing Family Guy’s Joe Swanson. Accoridng to reports Warburton will be seen on screen as Snicket whereas in the previous 2004 movie version we only heard the voice of Snicket (Jude Law).
There is no word on when we can expect to see the series on Netflix, however filming is due to start in Vancouver later this month.
It will be awesome to see Harris back on our screens after his Tony winning run as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, however I would like to request that after Harris has finished this project can we get him over on this side of the Atlantic.
We will bring you any more news on this exciting project as we get it.