Netflix is getting off to an exciting start in 2017 thanks to the A Series of Unfortunate Events show that is set to debut on January 13. Despite its inspiration coming from a children's book saga, the show has been designed to appeal to kids and adults alike. Book scribe Lemony Snicket was heavily involved with writing for Season 1, and he has come out and revealed just how long the project could last, saying this:
I am deep in season 2. I've been working in my own dining room with a team of writers I'm really loving on the next season, and we hope to get the go-ahead to do season 3, which...given how quickly young actors age and change, we're trying to film everything as quickly as possible. The second season is laid out to be 10 episodes for the next five books, so it ends on The Carnivorous Carnival, and the third season would be the rest of it.
The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events is set to cover the first four books in the 13-book saga, and Lemony Snicket's reveal about the future of the show indicates that he won't be slowing down for Season 2. Netflix has not yet made an official announcement about a Season 2, but Snicket seems pretty confident that he'll have at least one more season to tell the story of the Baudelaire kids and the scheming Count Olaf. The first season will run for eight episodes. Assuming Snicket is set to get his second season, he'll get a couple more episodes to cover events from his books.
Lemony Snicket's comments to EW are undoubtedly encouraging for fans of the books. The Netflix show is actually the second time that A Series of Unfortunate Events has been adapted for the screen. The 2004 movie tackled the stories from the first three books, and it was a financial success with a star-studded cast that included Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep. Despite its success, however, a second movie was never made. The Netflix series is already covering events in Season 1 that extend beyond the material covered in the film, and it sounds like much more will make it to the small screen in at least a Season 2.
Netflix is notoriously stingy with rating and viewership data, so we'll likely never know for sure how the show does with subscribers. Still, given the existing fanbase for the books and the fact that Lemony Snicket seems ready and willing to go and produce as much material as possible before the child actors grow up, A Series of Unfortunate Events sounds like a solid investment for the streaming service. It may also be helped by the fact that big names like Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton are tackling the major adult roles. We'll have to wait and see.