The first teaser for Netflix's long-awaited adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events is finally here.
The show is based on Daniel Handler's (under the pen name Lemony Snicket) popular series of children's mystery novels of the same name. It follows a trio of siblings known as the Baudelaire orphans, who lose their parents in a fire and spend years on the run from a zany villain named Count Olaf. Eventually, the orphans start to unravel a vast, creepy conspiracy related to their parents' deaths.
The books are narrated by a fourth-wall breaking fictional version of Snicket / Handler, who is played by Patrick Warburton in the first teaser. He's alone on an empty set and explains that the cast and crew of the show are suffering from low morale: "A word which here means, 'under medical observation for melancholia, ennui, and acute wistfulness.'" You can also briefly hear Neil Patrick Harris' Count Olaf interjecting "Joy, joy, happiness!" He doesn't appear in the clip, but here's a gross picture of him in makeup from April:
Daniel Handler served as an executive producer for the Netflix show after being removed as screenwriter from Brad Siberling's 2004 film adaptation of the novels. The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events will debut on Netflix in full on January 13th, 2017.