It's a rare day when news of a remake elicits a general response of, "Oh, that's a great idea." But given that the first attempt to turn Lemony Snicket's series about a trio of savvy orphans and their scheming evil uncle into a big-screen adaptation fell somewhat flat, the recent announcement that Netflix is going to be trying their hand at a TV version seems like an occasion for cautious optimism.

First because TV now seems like a natural format for a lengthy book series (Outlander being a recent example), but also because when working with child actors, the gaps between films can often yield growth spurts and voice changes that might stand in the way of a seamless book-to-screen transition. Though it seems unthinkable now, there was a time when Warner Brothers was floating the idea that the Harry Potter kids might need to get a cast refresh to avoid a bunch of 20-somethings playing less-than-believable teens. For better or worse, that didn't wind up happening, but it's easy to see why it may have seemed necessary at the time.

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In any event, I'll keep to cautious optimism with this announcement and the hope that it brings a new generation of kids back to Snicket's fun and fantastical kids' series.