“Unfortunate Events” Now Scheduled to Begin in Mid-November

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 surroundingsr

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.

The Scorecard
Director: Brad Silberling
Casting Director: Avy Kaufman
Start Date: Mid-November, 2003
Locations: Los Angeles and Boston