SEQUEL THAT NEVER WAS
SEQUEL THAT NEVER WAS: NUMBER ONE
Connor Petrey - Editor-in-Chief
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS 2
The sequel that never was. Back in 2004 Dreamworks/Nickelodeon released Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a film that many have since forgotten. The film was based on a series of thirteen young adult novels that really garnered a lot of success over their years on the shelves. The film covered the first three of the series in a rushed capacity with a runtime of only an hour and 48 minutes. What the film did correctly was its depiction of the Baudelaire orphans and the absolutely rancid portrayal of Count Olaf by the then box office dynamite Jim Carrey. The film was a star studded affair with many high caliber stars back in 2004 and even by today’s standards including the likes of Meryl Streep, Jude Law and Billy Connolly.
The film was well received, currently holding a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed 211.5 million off of a 140-145 million budget. While not a massive success, a success nonetheless. The film even went on to win Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Academy Awards.
So if the first film only managed to cover the first three entries out of the thirteen books, where are the other films? Well it's certainly not a lack of interest from the leas, Jim Carrey. He stated in December 2004, “I don’t have a deal, but it’s one that I wouldn’t mind doing again because there are so many characters. I mean, it’s just so much fun being a bad actor playing a character…”
From there the world was left with questions from 2004 to near 2008 where the book’s author Daniel Handler stated that a sequel “does seem to be in the works,” only to have nothing come of it. Barely a year after Handler suggested the film would be stop-motion and that idea stuck for years.
Imagine it - the sequel that never was. A sequel to the original being stop-motion, this book series would be absolutely perfect for that kind of transition. It’s grim, depressing, oddly comical and beyond all else weird. The sequel never came about but the author made a great remark suggesting that every sequel would need to be a different medium to counter the aging actors.
When a film is released in 2004 with young to teenage characters, sixteen years after its release there’s only adults left over to play the Baudelaire orphans. You could recast (such as Netflix did) or do this unique creative idea. Well that idea never found a way to make it to our screens and fans of the series should be sad it never was.
However in 2017 Neil Patrick Harris took over the role from Jim Carrey and starred in the Netflix series of the same name that ran for three seasons and represented the entirety of the book series. While I for one was a bigger fan of Carrey’s depiction of Olaf and found the comedy in the television series to be a little much, however what we received was better than nothing… but just imagine if that stop-motion ‘sequel that never was’ came back to life today.