Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Director Barry Sonnenfeld: We’re Already Writing Scripts for Season 2

Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work.

“We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and director Barry Sonnenfeld told Variety. “But we already have scripts being written for the second season. We have the stages on hold, so we’re optimistic.”

The director said that the 13-book series by Daniel Handler that inspired the TV show would ideally be divided over three seasons: The first season spans the first four books; Season 2 would cover the middle five; and the last four books would be covered in a third season.

Sonnenfeld said he would want to split the series that way “because at the end of the second season there’s a natural break after ‘Carnivorous Carnival’ for a really scary ending to the season.”

Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the cruel and delusional Count Olaf, said that he also hopes to film more episodes. “It was one of the things I was bummed about with the movie is that it only got to follow the Baudelaires up to a certain point,” he said.

The black carpet premiere was also greeted by child stars Malina WeissmanLouis Hynes, and the scene-stealing baby Presley Smith. Other actors from the show, including Usman Ally, Alfre Woodard, Aasif Mandvi, and Patrick Warburton, made their way down the press line before heading into the theater for a screening of the first two episodes.

Sonnenfeld revealed that Kelly Ripa, who also attended the premiere, was a catalyst for him to meet Harris over Thanksgiving dinner when the series was in its infancy: “Neil did an amazing magic trick and lit things on fire, and I said, ‘I can’t tell you anything about this project, but I want you to star in it.'”

More Scene

  • 'Pitch Perfect 3' film premiere

    Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson Celebrate Women's Empowerment at 'Pitch Perfect 3' Premiere

    Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work. “We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and […]

  • Holiday Soul Party

    Lena Waithe on Inclusive Storytelling: 'There's Still a Long Way to Go'

    Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work. “We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and […]

  • 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' film

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart's 'Jumanji' Maintains 'Soul' of Robin Williams Original

    Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work. “We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and […]

  • John Cena Ferdinand

    'Ferdinand' Director on Why John Cena Was Perfect for Title Role

    Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work. “We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and […]

  • Asian-American Unforgettable Awards 2017

    'Westworld's' Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

    Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work. “We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and […]

  • Mark Hamill'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

    Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work. “We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content