Fake Trailer for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Series Goes Viral
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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events — beloved by children and adults alike — will soon be developed into a Netflix original series. As if Netflix wasn’t already addicting enough, this will be yet another reason to plop down in front of your screen for hours on end.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, Lemony Snicket released a statement in his famously ironic humor: “I can’t believe it. After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.”
Fans, upon hearing the news, were thrown into a frenzy of anticipation. But instead of just tweeting madly about the exciting announcement, The Guardian reports that a fan created an unauthorized and wholly convincing teaser trailer (watch it above) under the YouTube account Eleanora Poe, which has garnered over one million views (and counting!)
Netflix recently broke the news to disappointed fans that the YouTube trailer was a fake, but has not yet disclosed a premiere date for the series. The book series, which sold more than 65 million copies worldwide, was previously adapted into the 2004 film starring Jim Carrey, Jude Law, and Meryl Streep.
Over a decade later, it comes as no surprise that fans are itching for any hint, any preview, of the upcoming Netflix series — even if it’s a fake teaser trailer.