Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer

Netflix has finally released a teaser trailer for their upcoming television adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the bestselling children’s series by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), this new series will follow the adventures of three orphaned Baudelaire children adopted by their cousin Count Olaf, who is after their family inheritance. You might remember director Brad Silberling‘s 2004 film starring Jim Carrey failed to start a movie franchise. Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf in this version of the adaptation and Netflix believes they might be the medium to bring this 13-part book series to life.

Hit the jump and see the first Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer, and learn about the series’ truly unfortunate release date.

Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer features Patrick Warburton as author and narrator Lemony Snicket, walking on the set and talking to the camera, much like Alfred Hitchcock used to do in his trailers. We don’t get to see Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, although we hear him for a moment. Previous set photos have shown that he has gone deep into make-up for the role, although I wonder why Netflix decided to keep him out of the initial teaser. While we don’t see Olaf, we do get a look at some of the show’s amazing sets which look good enough for a big budget big screen movie.

The streaming company has announced a truly unfortunate release date for this new series: Friday the 13th of January 2017. All eight episodes of the first season will be available at that time.

In the series, Harris plays Count Olaf, the “master” of disguise who attempts to steal the Baudelaire orphans’ inheritance after their parents pass away in a mysterious accident. Olaf is the children’s distant cousin  (third or four times removed), but he certainly doesn’t treat the three children like family. The character and his theater troupe do all that they can throughout the series to hunt down the Baudelaire children.

The Netflix series also stars Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire), Patrick Warburton (author and narrator Lemony Snicket), Aasif Mandvi (Uncle Monty), and K. Todd Freeman (the banker, Mr. Poe).

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.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) will establish the new tone and vision for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Sonnenfeld directed the pilot, and he’ll remain involved as an executive producer.

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