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[13.02.2004] Empire Online sprach mit Emma Thompson...
[...] Thompson also scotched the rumours connecting her to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. This adaptation of the dreadful adventures of the wretched Baudelaire orphans stars Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep, and should be the sort of children’s film Tim Burton would make if he were a manic depressive. Thompson, however will not be joining that particular children's tale.
"They did ask me about the Judge, but I said that I don’t think I can do that, because I’m just doing my own kid’s film. People would get confused because I’ve just done Harry Potter, and children get fed up too." [...]


[01.02.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes Bild von Jim Carrey als Graf Olaf !!!

[13.01.2004] Bei AICN gibt es einen Set-Bericht, sowie Artwork...
[...] Jim Carrey is looking great as Count Olaf, and his standard improv sensibilities are working well to create a wonderfully dark, yet comic atmosphere. Most of his on-the-spot dialogue is, unfortunately, R-rated, which will obviously not make it into the final cut, but there is enough to work with that I'm sure a large portion of his genius will be evident.
As for the script, revisions are still in progress and after some tense days where it seemed that Dreamworks and Paramount were afraid of the overly dark tone, things have settled down and hopefully Silberling can steer them away from a rosy ending, which is certainly not a characteristic of the books.
There have been only a few major problems, the first being a set of triplets hired from Florida to play the role of the toddler 'Sunny'. After only a few days of shooting they had to be let go due to the childrens' inability to not cry the second 'action' was called. After shutting down for a few days to recast the role, a new set of twins are being used and they are working out much better. Secondly, Jane Adams, who is playing one of the 'white faced women' was loudly berated on set by Silberling for not being able to shut-up and act as she was being directed to do. Every second she seemed to be asking about what direction her left arm should be pointed in order to convey her character's motivation.
All in all, things have finally settled into a groove. The Snicket crew has taken over nearly ten stages at Paramount studios within which is being created Count Olaf's house, The Baudelaire Mansion, Uncle Monte's house/reptile room, and the city streets of the nameless town in which they reside. In early spring, we move to an old Boeing Factory in Downey where we will shoot most of the third book, and the final portions of the script.
There is a strange sense that no one on the crew knew quite how big this was to become, and it occasionally teeters over into the "we're in way over our heads" mentality, but all in all, the talent (particularly Jim Carrey, Liam Aiken & Emily Browning) are coming through with very solid performances. The sets are some of the most amazing I have ever seen, and I've worked in this town for a long time, so this, combined with Emanuel Lubezki's fantastic cinematography should make for a very stylized piece. [...]


[08.12.2003] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Billy Connolly is the latest actor to sign on to the highly anticipated feature adaptation of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. Connolly will play Uncle Monty [...]

[11.11.2003] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Luis Guzman and Craig Ferguson have scored roles in the Brad Silberling-directed "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. The role is a fortunate turn for Guzman as his Fox sitcom "Luis" was canceled after four showings. Guzman and Ferguson join Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law and Jennifer Coolidge in the film, which is based on Daniel Handler's children's book series and is being produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor. Emily Browning and Liam Aiken round out the cast.

[05.11.2003] CS! meldet...
Timothy Spall has joined Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law in Paramount/DreamWorks' Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Spall will portray Mr. Poe, the ineffectual guardian of the three Baudelaire orphans who are the central characters of the film.
Filming on "Snicket," directed by Brad Silberling, is due to start Monday in Los Angeles for a holiday 2004 release.
Spall will appear in next month's release of Warner's The Last Samurai, playing the translator for Tom Cruise's character, and next summer will be seen as Pettigrew in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


[16.09.2003] CS! meldet...
Meryl Streep and Jude Law are joining Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Streep will play Aunt Josephine, and Law is being recruited by Brad Silberling to play narrator Lemony Snicket in the Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of the Daniel Handler children's book series. Young actors Liam Aiken and Emily Browning have also been set to play Klaus and Violet Baudelaire, two of the three orphans who are the central protagonists of the series.
Streep's Aunt Josephine character is one of a succession of relatives who takes in the Baudelaires, who were orphaned after their parents died in a fire. Josephine appeared in the third Snicket book "The Wide Window." She lives in a house perched atop a cliff above Lake Lachrymose, which is filled with leeches, and Josephine is terrified of every modern convenience. She's an easy mark for Count Olaf (Carrey), a sinister relative who, with a group of odd henchmen, is trying to kill the kids to cash in their family fortune.
The film will begin production in November, for a holiday 2004 release.


[22.07.2003] DH meldet...
The production has rented the LA Paramount sound stages, the biggest film production the studio lot has had in a long time, with production to begin in January.

[04.07.2003] FilmJerk.com meldet...
According to sources close to the production, the film adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" will begin filming in mid-November in Los Angeles and Boston. Based on the first book of the Lemony Snicket series written by Daniel Hadler, production was previously announced as beginning in either December or January due to Jim Carrey’s participation in Barry Sonnefeld’s "Fun with Dick and Jane," so this news brings some questions with it in regards to the latter production (which we can’t answer).
Also interesting is the choice of Boston as the second city for the filming of "Events," as there was news items previously reporting that that filming would take place in Wilmington, NC. The first choice of New York City and upstate New York was deemed too costly and the supposed move to North Carolina was to save the Paramount Pictures production close to $9 million. Has Paramount gotten a tax break in using Boston’s cityscape and surroundings?
In other news on the project, casting directors for the film are looking to cast the lead role of Violet Baudelaire. The eldest of the Baudelaire children (between 12 and 13 years old), Violet is the natural leader of the orphan clan and one of the finest inventors the world has ever known. The casting notes relay that "she is courageous and quick-witted with a grown up sensibility that belies her meager years." In the film, she and Klaus (in a role that has been cast, but yet to be announced) make a perfect team in their struggle against the evil forces out to get them.
The film’s director is Brad Siberling, who took over duties from the above-mentioned Sonnefeld due to reported clashes on the budget. The film is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, 2004.


[09.05.2003] CS! meldet...
Variety says 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.
The sole screenwriter to this point has been Daniel Handler, author of the book series. The studios are hoping to get the film ready to go into production in late fall in Los Angeles.
Carrey will play the villainous Count Olaf. Gordon will follow "Snicket" by scripting a remake of the Matt Helm film series.


[20.02.2003] CS! meldet, dass Brad Silberling (u.a. "Stadt der Engel", "Casper") die Regie übernehmen wird...
According to Variety, Paramount and DreamWorks have signed Brad Silberling to direct Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the adaptation of the books that will star Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf. Silberling replaces Barry Sonnenfeld, who left the film last month, when Paramount brought in DreamWorks to share the costs of a film said to be slightly under $100 million.
Although he most recently directed Moonlight Mile and City of Angels, Silberling also directed the effects-heavy Casper, needed for this kind of film.
"Snicket" is expected to begin shooting in Los Angeles in October for a Christmas 2004 release. Paramount will release the film domestically, and DreamWorks has overseas territories.


[13.01.2003] CS! meldet...
Just as Paramount and Nickelodeon Films enlist DreamWorks as partner on Lemony Snicket, director Barry Sonnenfeld has exited the film.
Sonnenfeld's exit follows producer Scott Rudin's decision to ankle the project late last year after bruising budget battles, says Variety. Jim Carrey is still aboard as the film's star, subject to Paramount and DreamWorks hiring a new director to his liking. Paramount will retain domestic distribution territories while DreamWorks takes foreign.
DreamWorks film principals Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Steven Spielberg are expected to take the creative lead, as they are more adept at managing special effects-heavy franchise spectacles for the half-pint set than Paramount. Paramount has been struggling with the budget of the film for months.
Paramount hopes to have the project ready to go for a summer start date and a 2004 release for what Par has viewed as its answer to WB's "Harry Potter" film series.


[13.12.2002] AICN verbreitet Gerüchte zur Besetzung...
[...] We heard from one of our friends in North Carolina that Paramount is locking up studio space out there for what they’re calling the first in a "Jim Carrey trilogy." And someone else just e-mailed us something that has to be treated as extreme rumor. If you’re a fan of the books, then maybe these names make sense to you...
Joan Cusack as Aunt Josephine?
Emma Thompson as Justice Strauss?
And what does it mean that Johnny Depp might be playing Lemony Snicket himself? [...]


[30.10.2002] UnfortunateEvents.net meldete kürzlich...
[...] We at UE.net have just received a letter from our contact in the Unfortunate Events world. Here's the latest we have to report:
There's a chance the movie might not come out holiday 2003. It might be pushed back to spring 2004. This has not been decided yet, so keep your fingers crossed."
Here's some nice confirmed information: "The movie will be shot on location in New York- in the city and in other parts of the state." This should be interesting to see how they incorporate all the elements of Snicket's world into a NY shoot.
Many people have contacted UE.net asking about auditions. Sorry to say that there's still no news here, but our contact said this much: "I don't know if they're happening yet. But any kids who are interested in auditioning should try to find out through agents and casting agencies. It's extremely rare for a Hollywood movie to do an open call audition to the general public."


[30.10.2002] CS! meldet...
Variety reports that Nickelodeon Films has licensed publisher Activision to create video games of its upcoming movie with Paramount based on Daniel Handler's children's books "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."
Under the deal, which runs through 2005 with automatic extensions for a sequel, Activision is creating games for all three major console platforms from Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft, for Windows-based PCs and for Nintendo's handheld Game Boy Advance. The entire suite of game offerings are scheduled to debut with the movie next holiday season, said Steve Youngwood, VP of media products for Nickelodeon Consumer Products.
"We view it as a long-term franchise, and the first games would be built off the movie," Youngwood said. "To make it a compelling game, we believe it needs to be an extension."
Though 13 to 14 months is a tight turnaround time to create titles for any platform other than Game Boy Advance, Youngwood said the two sides have been working for several weeks on initial design and development, including market research, story concepts and building 3-D backdrops and characters.
The games will be mystery adventures based on plot points in the first three books and the movie [...]


[20.09.2002] CS! meldet...
Jim Carrey is in talks to topline the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed Lemony Snicket for Paramount and Nickelodeon Films, says Variety. The film is an adaptation of the Daniel Handler children's book series "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."
The wildly popular Snicket series has grown to eight books since Handler hatched the series in 1999. The saga revolves around a trio of orphans who are passed around to a series of quirky people. The first of those is the mysterious Count Olaf, who is counting on separating the children from their inheritance.
Reportedly Carrey has sparked to the Count role. The script has been written by Handler.


[12.06.2002] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Noch bevor sein letztes Franchiseprojekt, "Men in Black 2", im Juli in die Kinos kommt, plant Barry Sonnenfeld bereits, ein weiteres Franchise für die Leinwand zu entwickeln. Mit Produzent Scott Rudin arbeitet er an einer Kinoversion von Daniel Handlers schwarzhumoriger Jugendbuchserie "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events". Handler schreibt auch selbst ein erstes Drehbuch um drei Waisenkinder und ihre skurrilen Abenteuer. Paramount und Nickelodeon hoffen damit einen ähnlich erfolgreichen Familienstoff wie etwa die Sonnenfeld-Rudin-Zusammenarbeit "The Addams Family" oder "Harry Potter" an der Hand zu haben.


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