Neil Patrick Harris is in negotiations with Netflix to star in a small-screen version of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the darkly funny young adult series previously made into a feature film starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep.
The news comes as series showrunner Mark Hudis (“That ’70’s Show”) is leaving. The series will be executive produced by Daniel Handler — the writer of the source material books under the pen name “Lemony Snicket” — and Brad Silberling, who directed the Carrey film, will return as director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NPH will take on the role of Count Olaf, the eccentric uncle played by Carrey in the film. The 13 “Unfortunate” novels tell the tale of three orphaned children and their fantastic adventures.
Netflix announced in 2014 that they’d be turning the Lemony Snicket tales into a 13-episode series, but has yet to announce a targeted premiere date. For Neil Patrick Harris, it will be the actor’s first scripted series since “How I Met Your Mother” ran for 9 seasons and more than 200 episodes.