8 Great…Harry Potter Wanna-bes

Nov 15, 2010 Comments

Based on: The books by Daniel Handler (writing under the name “Lemony Snicket”).
Premise: The three young Baudelaire orphans, following the suspicious death of their parents, must elude the nefarious Count Olaf, who is bent upon eliminating them and stealing their inheritance.
Why it didn’t work: The dark whimsy and droll wit of the books were rendered loud and frantic on the big screen. Despite heavy hitters like Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep in the cast, what seemed like a sure-fire franchise for DreamWorks sputtered out after this big-budget (albeit Oscar-winning, for makeup) calamity.
Number of intended sequels: Depends on how you slice it; there were a total of 13 books in the series, but this film used elements from the first three of them.
Box office: $118.6 million (a lot of money, sure, but not when your budget is north of $140 mil)
What did you think of these wanna-bes? Any we missed?

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