The Netflix adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ called it a night after season 3. Could there still be some hope for a spin-off? Let’s find out.
Adapted from Lemony Snicket’s series of children’s books of the same name, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ premiered on Netflix back in 2017. The show immediately gathered a long tribe of followers as we followed the adventures of the Baudelaire children and Count Olaf. The show ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ had a screen life of only three seasons and was not renewed for a fourth installment.
- ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is not returning for season 4
- There were no plans to continue after season 3
- Could there be a spin-off of the show?
‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is not returning for season 4
Written by Daniel Handler, also known by the pen name Lemony Snicket, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ released as a series of children’s book from 1999 to 2006. The book series has 13 books in total that Netflix adapted in 3 seasons under the same name. The Netflix adaptation has taken up 4 books in each season and each book has been divided into 2 episodes, except for the book titled “The End” which is the final book of the series. Netflix has meticulously stuck to Handler’s order of the series of books, which is why it is impossible to bring the show back for season 4. According to the order and the number of books in Handler’s series, Netflix has already used up all the material and there’s no more story to tell.
Although many wondered if Netflix could continue the series by writing new seasons themselves, the truth is that the creators had intended not to deviate from the structure of the original book series barring a few minor additions. Moreover, it is Paramount Pictures and not Netflix that holds the production rights to the show. Therefore, it is not Netflix’s call on whether it could write new seasons for the show. Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Count Olaf in the Netflix adaptation, told “TV Guide”, “We’re three seasons all in. We’ve intentionally been very truthful and factual and loyal to the books. We’ve added a few characters that aren’t in the books, we’ve added some songs that you probably couldn’t put into the books, but for the most part, we’re sticking to the structure of what already worked”.
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There were no plans to continue after season 3
Before Netflix took the project of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ into its own hands, the book series was adapted into a film by Brad Silberling. A poor box-office return, however, retreated any promises of a sequel to the film. That is when Netflix jumped in and decided to make the book franchise into a show. From the onset of the project, Netflix had decided to limit the show to 3 seasons. One could point out here that Netflix could have easily extended the show for at least another season, had it not taken up 4 books to be adapted in each season.
According to Neil Patrick Harris, while the first and foremost intention was to stick to writer Lemony Snicket’s structure, it was also the intention of the show-makers to bow out while the show was still on a high ride. The actor told “Digital Spy”, “I’m proud we’re all doing something that’s actually finite, and a piece of art. It’s something that you can put on a bookshelf and appreciate for what it is, not just year after year hoping that people are still interested”.
Could there be a spin-off of the show?
In an exclusive interview to “Digital Spy”, Neil Patrick Harris had admitted that there was “no real intention” for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ to come back with spin-offs and offshoots. However, that does not completely throw the idea of a prequel or a sequel out of the window. Lemony Snicket has many books stored in his inventory that could be used for future adaptations. The real question is if any of those books sit with the main frame of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.
There are certain books by Lemony Snicket that could be tied to the show. One such obvious choice would be “All the Wrong Questions” which is a prequel series to the book franchise, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. “All the Wrong Questions” follows Snicket as a young apprentice, which can be used as a build-up to the timeline of the main series, bringing back Count Olaf.
The possibilities are limitless if only Netflix and Paramount would take them up. Would you like a spin-off for the show? Let us know in the comments below!