Back in January, we reported that Netflix's new TV series Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events wanted Neil Patrick Harris to play the villainous Count Olaf. Two months later, after lengthy negotiations, the actor's deal is now finalized, with Deadline also reporting that Patrick Warburton has signed on to play Lemony Snicket. The actor will provide narration for the eight-episode series and he will also appear on camera, with Barry Sonnenfeld coming aboard to direct.
The actors join Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes, who will play Violet and Klaus Baudelaire, two of the three orphaned children this story centers on. The third sibling, Sunny Baudelaire, has not been cast at this time. The story follows these siblings as they're adopted by their evil uncle, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), while they try to unravel the mystery surrounding their parents' death. Jim Carrey played Count Olaf in the 2004 adaptation Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, with Jude Law narrating as Lemony Snicket.
Back in January, the TV series lost its showrunner, Mark Hudis (True Blood). It isn't known who Netflix has hired as a replacement at this time, but this new report claims that production will begin next month in Vancouver. The streaming service hasn't announced a premiere date at this time, but it's possible that the show could debut later this year, or possibly in early 2017.
The Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events TV show is being produced in association with Paramount TV and Netflix. Daniel Handler, the author of the novel series who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket, is set to executive produce. The 2004 movie, which was also from Paramount Pictures, starred Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Kara Hoffman, Shelby Hoffman, Jude Law, Timothy Spall, Catherine O'Hara, Billy Connolly and Meryl Streep.
Neil Patrick Harris most recently appeared in two episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel as Chester Creb, and he also hosted, created and executive produced NBC's Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. Patrick Warburton stars in NBC's new comedy series Crowded.This project will reunite the actor with Barry Sonnenfeld, who served as an executive producer on his cult classic TV series The Tick. Amazon Studios recently picked up a reboot of The Tick, with Patrick Warburton executive producing, although he won't come back to star as the title character.