Fake Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Lights Up YouTube

Fans of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” can’t wait for Netflix’s original series based on the bestselling book franchise — and someone has even gone through the trouble of splicing together an unauthorized teaser trailer for the forthcoming show.

On Sunday, the YouTube account of “Eleanora Poe” posted “An Unfortunate Teaser,” which has already garnered more than 700,000 views. (The account, created in June, has uploaded no other videos; Eleanora Poe is editor-in-chief of the Daily Punctilio newspaper in the “Unfortunate Events” series.) The song in the fan-created trailer is an excerpt of “Missed Me” by the Dresden Dolls, a Boston-based “punk cabaret” duo. [UPDATE, July 7: As of 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, the clip has racked up 1.9 million views.]

The teaser didn’t come from Netflix, according to a rep. “This was not released from Netflix and not anything official,” she said. The rep did not say whether Netflix would seek to have the clip pulled down.

Netflix announced a deal to produce the Lemony Snicket series last fall; the company has not disclosed an expected premiere date.

The Netflix series will be produced in association with Paramount Television. Paramount Pictures distributed 2004 film “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” starring Jim Carrey, which grossed $118.6 million on an estimated production budget of $140 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

In the “Series of Unfortunate Events” franchise, three orphaned kids — Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire — face trials and tribulations at the hands of the evil Count Olaf, as they seek to discover the secret of their parents’ death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide.

The Lemony Snicket books are penned by Daniel Handler. ICM Partners, which reps Handler, brokered the deal with Netflix for the series.

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  1. sarah says:

    The video looks way t.o official to be fake.

  2. Raj says:

    Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense as fake. Why have none of these articles dug into who this fantom editor is and left it at “fan-made?” Why hasn’t this fan come forward to get the deserved kudos and praise, possibly even job offers? Perhaps its because the editor is already employed by a major corp like Netflix and under an NDA.

  3. Mark says:

    Why are the people who “know” this is fake being so cryptic? I hate that.

  4. Sam says:

    …You DO realize this is Lemony Snicket we’re dealing with here, right? This is exactly the kind of stunt he would pull.

  5. Challis says:

    It’s such an awesome trailer why doesn’t Netflix make it official. They could talk to the maker or somethin make additional changes and republish it when the time comes.

  6. billy says:

    It looks like something I would check out on Netflix. http://5starblog.com/?s=Netflix

  7. Guilherme says:

    Whoever read the books knows that this “fake” trailer could be a marketing campaign… Also it looks too well made to be fan-made

    • M says:

      There’s always that possibility… but nothing looks too good to be fan-made. Don’t underestimate fans, especially if they happen to be professionals in fields where they also produce fanworks.

  8. Jazzberry says:

    It would be incredibly dumb of Netflix to pull something fanmade that gives them nothing but good publicity (free of charge!). The work that went into this is incredible, whoever made this has a lot of talent and I love it :D

  9. Philip Branton says:

    Hmm….maybe Netflix needs to HIRE a certain person….before they are hired by…..AMAZON.

  10. Mr. Spangler,

    This video is actually completely original, created as an incredible labor of love by a passionate filmmaker and fan.

    Implying the video is spliced together from other plagiarized content is not only presumptuous, but it shows no respect to the passionate artists that worked so hard to create something on spec.

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