Netflix has released a teaser trailer to their upcoming new show A Series of Unfortunate Events which is based on a series of books by Lemony Snicket and follows the misadventures of the Baudelaire siblings Violet, Klaus and Sunny after their parents tragically pass away in a fire. They are sent to live with a creepy distant relative, Count Olaf, who only wants them for their inheritance.
While definitely a tease, we see an empty stage with props, sets, and all sorts of knick knacks scattered about with Lemony Snicket himself (played by Patrick Warburton) explaining that the entire crew is currently suffering from low morale. Then we hear an exclamation of, “Joy joy happiness! My fortunes are about to change!” So almost everyone. We can only assume that it is the villainous Count Olaf portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris.
Watch the trailer now:
There are thirteen books in the series starting with The Bad Beginning, which was originally published in 1999. In 2004, Jim Carey starred as Count Olaf in the film version of the first novel along with Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, Catherine O’Hara, and Meryl Streep.
Here’s the official summary:
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death. The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.