There will be more unfortunate events to come, according to Lemony Snicket himself.
Netflix’s expensive adaptation of the YA books doesn’t release for the binging masses until Friday, but Daniel Handler, the author behind the famous pseudonym who is heavily involved in show, has confirmed in an interview with EW that season 2 is already in production. The books tell the story of the Baudelaire orphans who, after a fire (arson?) kills their parents, must evade Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) from stealing their inheritance while shuffling from one inept guardian to the next.
Handler said he is “deep” in development with a team of writers on the second season, which will consist of 10 episodes instead of the first season’s eight, and take the series from book five to book nine. He confirmed what Harris previously said, that a third season is planned to wrap up the 13-books in the series before the child protagonists age out of their roles.
The first season adapts the first four books in the 13-book series. Previously, the 2004 film starring Jim Carrey made a muddle of the first three books and, despite doing decent business and Handler getting commissioned to write a script, the author said bureaucracy ensured no sequel ever materialized.
He added the central mystery of the books, concerning the orphans’ investigation into a mysterious organization called V.F.D. which their parents and many other adults in their lives had been a part of, was reworked to become more “present” in the first season than it is in the first four books (the plot really takes off in books five, which kicks off season 2). “I would say that the destination is the same, but the route is different,” he said.
A Series of Unfortunate Events drops all eight first season episodes this Friday. I’ll be recapping a book (two episodes) a day, starting Friday morning. Follow along!