A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Netlix's take on "A Series Of Unfortunate Events" stars Neil Patrick Harris as the antagonist Count Olaf. Twitter/Neil Patrick Harris

When “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” first tried to make a leap from book pages to the screen, it fell a little flat. But now, thanks to Netflix and a new cast - which includes Neil Patrick Harris as the infamous Count Olaf - it has taken on another life.

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Netflix recently released a full trailer for “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” that was unlike any it had before. The two and a half minute video finally gave fans a real look into how the series would feel and look. The trailer also provided viewers a glimpse of the various disguises that NPH will sport in order to fool the rest of the characters.

The trailer indicated just how much the show will be reminiscent of the style of Tim Burton, as it mixes the dark with the quirky. Various reports have also likened “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” to “The Addams Family” films and ABC’s hit “Pushing Daisies. The reason to this comparison is that the Netflix original is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, who also worked on the older titles.

Despite these various connections with other films and series, the adaptation is still “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” at its core. The trailer is evidence that Netflix has taken specific cues from the books, especially in terms of its word play and narration. The endearing and often times frustrating characters are on full display as well.

Watch Netflix’s “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” trailer starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

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The original book series, which was written by Daniel Handler under the pen name Lemony Snicket, follows the unfortunate lives of the three Baudelaire children after the untimely death of their parents. Forced to live with Count Olaf, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire soon realise that their uncle is after their fortune and will stop at nothing to get it.

Joining NPH are Malina Weissman as Violet, Louis Hynes as Klaus and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket. The cast is also joined by Joan Cusack, Aasif Mandvi, Usman Ally and K. Todd Freeman. “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” is scheduled to start streaming on Netflix on January 2017.