Lemony SnicketSome very unfortunate events are coming to Netflix soon - and the streaming service is counting itself lucky.

Netflix announced that it has acquired the rights to the bestselling book series, "Lemony Snicker's A Series of Unfortunate Events," for a live-action series. "Lemony Snicket" was adapted for the big screen in a 2004 film starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep.

The 13 books in Daniel Handler's series follow the travails of orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who go to live with their dastardly uncle, Count Olaf. But soon, they realize Olaf just wants their fortune - and is willing to do whatever it takes to get his hands on the money.

"The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can't wait to bring it to life for Netflix members," said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix.

Snicket himself is not amused at the turn of (unfortunate) events. "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," he said from an undisclosed location.

Netflix is doubling down on its original series strategy, after the success of "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." The service has numerous projects in the queue, including the epic "Marco Polo," the family comedy "Richie Rich," and the superheroic "Daredevil."

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