A side-by-side comparison of the movie and TV versions of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ reveals one huge difference

A side-by-side comparison of the movie and TV versions of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ reveals one huge difference

When Netflix adapted Daniel Handler’s beloved children’s book series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” into a show this year, they scratched an itch that the series’s fans had for more than a decade.
In 2004, Nickelodeon adapted the first three of the series’s 13 books into a movie starring Jim Carrey. That’s where the studio stopped, leaving the other ten books without adaptations. It left fans unsatisfied.

“It’s [a] mystery to me,” Handler told Entertainment Weekly. “I think there was always interest but, as you say, there were a lot of companies involved and whole phalanxes of lawyers who put it together the first time. I think that it was really kind of bureaucracy that prevented it before.”

With a new attempt, Handler wants to give the book series the adaptation its due. One of the biggest changes is the diversity in its casting.

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