Are you still patiently waiting for more Count Olaf? It’s been five years since the adaptation of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" hit theaters, a reasonable enough amount of time to assume that a sequel probably isn't going to happen. Of course, that doesn’t stop author Daniel Handler (aka “Lemony Snicket”) and adaptation director Brad Silberling from occasionally giving hope to fans. Silberling, whose new film “Land of the Lost” opens next week, recently had the following to say to CineFOOLS on the subject:
“I actually think it's going to see the light of day. [Handler and I] stay in constant touch about it, because I would love nothing more than to do that and we've been hoping to, so I think there will be a chance it may take a wildly different form, but I think it will probably happen.”
Even "wildly different form" is a bit of an understatement when you consider that the four children who starred in the original -- Liam Aiken, Emily Browning and Kara/Shelby Hoffman (the twins who played baby Violet) -- are now too old to continue with the franchise. On the other hand, Jim Carrey always wanted the first film to turn into a franchise for him. As busy as the actor is these days, fans can hold out hope that he’d still be interested -- even if he isn't immediately available.
Apparently the sequel didn’t happen sooner due to studio politics between co-producers Paramount and DreamWorks, among other things. Silberling’s interview with CineFOOLS hints that such issues have been resolved and that now, the series can move forward.
The first movie, which was a loose adaptation of the first three books in the series, grossed more than $200 million worldwide. A respectable figure, but not quite the “Harry Potter”-sized hit that execs were hoping for. Given Hollywood’s recent trend of rebooting franchises, it’s my guess Paramount would rather try again from scratch -- perhaps with more faithful, single-book adaptations -- than make a sequel, especially since new child actors will be necessary regardless. Whether Silberling would be interested in a restart is another question, and one he does not address in the interview.
What do you Lemony Snicket fans think? Would you rather see a sequel? A reboot? An end to all film adaptations?