Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series Taps ‘True Blood’s’ Mark Hudis, Barry Sonnenfeld (EXCLUSIVE)

Former “True Blood” showrunner Mark Hudis and director Barry Sonnenfeld have signed on to steer Netflix’s adaptation of the Lemony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” fantasy book series.

Hudis will serve as showrunner and exec producer of the series, while Sonnenfeld will direct and exec produce. Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler is also an exec producer for Paramount Television, which produced the 2004 feature rendition starring Jim Carrey in 2004.

Netflix billed the series as having multigenerational appeal to kids and parents when it announced the acquisition of the property in November. The “Unfortunate Events” series revolves around a trio of orphans who encounter the villainous Count Olaf and a host of other obstacles as they search for their rightful family fortune and the truth about their parents’ death. The book series has sold more than 65 million copies since its debut in 1999.

There’s no word yet about a production timetable for the series.

Hudis is co-exec producer of Amazon’s new drama “Hand of God.” He spent three seasons on “True Blood,” rising to showrunner for its second-to-last year. His other credits include “Nurse Jackie” and “That ’70s Show.” He developed a project at CW, an adaptation of the film “The Illusionist,” this past season.

Sonnenfeld has directed and produced a number of TV pilots in recent years, and he’s attached to the upcoming USA Network project “Swamplandia.”

Hudis is repped by UTA. Sonnenfeld is with WME.

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