For a while now, Netflix has been developing a series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s already been adapted as a movie starring Jim Carrey, but when that was a flop, plans for a film franchise were dropped. The hope is that as a multi-part show it will have more success.
Now the show has its Count Olaf – the creepy uncle who takes in a trio of orphans – and it’ll be none other than Neil Patrick Harris. THR has the news, saying Harris is currently completing negotiations for the role. Assuming he signs on the dotted like, he’ll be the nefarious baddie, who ends up looking after Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, while having designs on their fortune.
There have been a few ructions with the show, as Mark Hudis was due to be in charge as showrunner, but he’s just moved on and a replacement hasn’t been announced. However, Netflix is still planning to make the show with Neil in the lead. It’s not known when it will arrive on the streaming service.