LEMONY AID: Count Olaf prepares to take the Snickets under his wing; CARREY ON CAPERING: Jim Carrey is the peculiar and villainous Count Olaf, with Billy Connolly, above as the nice Uncle
Throw in some snakes and a lake full of leeches, and you've got the recipe for the first movie in the Lemony Snicket franchise.
Of course, this could end up being the first and only Lemony Snicket movie.
If Lemony Snicket translates into box office dollars, then the film--makers know there's plenty more where this came from.
An entire set of Lemony Snicket novels barely takes up more shelf space than a single copy of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.
Rowling has made her way onto the reading lists of millions of grown-ups, Daniel Handler - the publicity-shy author behind the Lemony Snicket persona - is still pretty much confined to the children's section of the bookstore.
But you're not likely to see an adult poring over a volume of Lemony Snicket stories on a crowded train.
Apart from a few ironic asides slipped in for older readers, the Lemony Snicket books are designed for a younger age group than the increasingly adolescent Harry Potter series.
Because that's what Lemony Snicket is: not a spoof, but a genuine modern-day fairy tale with emphasis on the grim as much as the Grimm.
Perhaps the only thing that doesn't quite come off is the use of Jude Law as the narrator - the Lemony Snicket of the title - whose job it is to recount the trials and tribulations of the Baudelaire kids.