Fake trailer for Netflix's 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' lights up YouTube

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By Variety:

Fans of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" can't wait for Netflix's original series based on the best-selling book franchise — and someone has even gone through the trouble of splicing together a bogus teaser trailer for the forthcoming show.

On Sunday, the YouTube account of "Eleanora Poe" posted "An Unfortunate Trailer," which has already garnered more than 700,000 views. (The account, created in June, has uploaded no other videos.) The video in the fake trailer appears to be from the 2004 movie adaptation starring Jim Carrey, while the song is an excerpt of "Missed Me" by the Dresden Dolls, a Boston-based "punk cabaret" duo.

But the teaser didn't come from Netflix. "This was not released from Netflix and not anything official," a rep said.

Netflix announced a deal to produce the Lemony Snicket series last fall; the company has not disclosed an expected premiere date.

SEE MORE: Netflix to Produce Original Series Based on 'Lemony Snicket' Books

The Netflix series will be produced in association with Paramount Television. Paramount Pictures distributed the 2004 movie, which grossed $118.6 million on an estimated production budget of $140 million.

In the "Series of Unfortunate Events" franchise, three orphaned kids — Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire — face trials and tribulations at the hands of the evil Count Olaf, as they seek to discover the secret of their parents' death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide.

The Lemony Snicket books are penned by Daniel Handler. ICM Partners, which reps Handler, brokered the deal with Netflix for the series.

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