When it was first announced that "A Series of Unfortunate Events" was going to be made into a Netflix series, the world exploded. A few days ago, Netflix revealed the first trailer for the new series with "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris as the main villain Count Olaf and the hype for the new series has risen once again.

First published in 1999, the internationally best-selling "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a thirteen book children's series by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) which follows the misfortunes of the three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, who get shuffled off to different distant relatives while avoiding the grasp of the sinister Count Olaf who aims to claim their inheritance.

Darkly humorous and almost absurdist, this popular series swept readers across every continent and every age.

Second time’s the charm

This isn’t the first time the series was adapted for the screen. In 2004, the movie version of the book starring Jim Carrey as the villainous Count Olaf did garner a lot of praise, but ultimately wasn’t able to fully capture the right essence of the series due to the movie’s focus on the first three books ("The Bad Beginning," "The Reptile Room," and "The Wide Window"). Also, at that time, the series was not finished. The last book, "The End," was released in 2006, two years after the movie release.

Now, over a decade after the series has ended, the long-waiting public will finally get the adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" that they’ve always needed, via an eight-episode Netflix series.

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One might wonder why the series is only eight episodes instead of thirteen, one for every book, but fans will find out as more trailers will continue to be unveiled. This series will be a Netflix original production and will be directed and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfield and author Daniel Handler.

Meet Count Olaf

In the short one minute teaser released a few days ago, the trailer is just as grim and dark as you would imagine it to be. The first few seconds consist of the Baudelaire orphans forlornly standing on the steps of Count Olaf’s frightening mansion, accompanied by the well-meaning but oblivious family banker Mr. Poe (played by K. Todd Freeman). And sure enough, out of the shadows, with a grim sneer, comes Neil Patrick Harris playing a haunting Count Olaf.

While Netflix has already released a previous trailer with Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket telling the audience in a true Lemony Snicket fashion to not watch the series, this trailer is the first peek we have into the universe, with all the main cast together.

“You haven’t the faintest idea,” Count Olaf sneers to the viewer. Guess we’ll find out what he means soon.

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" will premiere on Netflix on January 13, 2017.