Netflix goes all meta with this brilliantly meta trailer for its TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. In it, Mr Snicket himself (well, Patrick Warburton, the voice of Joe Swanson in Family Guy) wanders around an empty studio warning us, “If you like watching stories in which children enjoy pleasant rides in truck beds, on their way to colourful destinations where they finally solve the curious mysteries plaguing their lives, that story is streaming elsewhere… So please, don’t make the same mistake Netflix has and look away before this dire tale is even filmed and avoid the cruel whimsy and the whimsical cruelty of what’s to come.” Now that’s what we call reverse psychology.
Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket (aka, Daniel Handler) Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events is the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and baby Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.
The eight-episode series is executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family, Men In Black, Pushing Daisies) and Daniel Handler. The series premieres on Netflix on 13 January 2017.