A Series of Unfortunate Events

will be arriving on


on an appropriately creepy date: Friday the 13th, next January.


The new TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket's darkly gothic young adult novels stars Neil Patrick Harris as the villaneous Count Olaf and Patrick Warburton as the pseudonymous author Snicket.

Or, at least, it is supposed to star them. But, as Warburton explains in this new teaser, "The story of the Baudelaire orphans is so upsetting and so utterly unnerving that the entire crew is suffering from low morale," leaving them unable to film the show.

"Please, don't make the same mistake that Netflix has, and look away," he continues. "Avoid the cruel whimsy and whimsical cruelty of what's to come."

The 13 novels in Lemony Snicket's series, which have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide, follow the tragicomic adventures of three young orphans as they attempt to avoid the clutches of their murderous relative Olaf.

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The series has already been adapted for the screen once before, in a 2004 film with Jim Carrey as Olaf, but Snicket is adamant that viewers should seek out something more optimistic instead:

"If you like watching stories in which children enjoy pleasant rides in truck beds, on their way to colorful destinations where they finally solve the curious mysteries plaguing their lives... That story is streaming elsewhere," the author said.

The new adaptation will also star Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes - if, indeed, they can handle the emotional strain.