Paramount and DreamWorks have set Robert Gordon to rewrite “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Jim Carrey is starring in the film for director Brad Silberling.
Though the project has been through its share of turmoil with the exit of director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Scott Rudin, the sole screenwriter to this point has been Daniel Handler, author of the book series.
DreamWorks has had much luck with the ICM-repped Gordon, whose screen credits include “Galaxy Quest” and “Men in Black 2.” Par and DreamWorks execs are hoping to get the film ready to go into production in late fall in Los Angeles.
Throughout the turmoil, Carrey has remained committed to playing the villainous Count Olaf, and he approved Silberling, the “City of Angels” helmer who was runner-up in the original bake-off to direct the “Harry Potter” series. Paramount and DreamWorks execs are hoping “Snicket” is their answer to that franchise.
Pic is being produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor.
Gordon will follow “Snicket” by scripting a remake of the “Matt Helm” film series.