Why we can't wait to see ''Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events''
RELEASE DATE Dec. 17
WHY WE CAN'T WAIT A grinchy Jim Carrey seems like the perfect choice to channel the black-comic, Addams Family-ish tone of the kiddie-gothic Lemony Snicket novels.
THE PREMISE The orphaned Baudelaire children, including Klaus (Liam Aiken, center), baby Sunny, and Violet (Emily Browning, right), must survive a series of dotty adult caretakers, as well as the wicked Count Olaf (Carrey, left), who's after their inheritance.
SOURCE The first three novels by Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, in the projected 13-book series
THE BACK STORY Carrey sounds as if he's got this kid-loathing villain thing down pat. ''It was easy for me to get a real hate on for these kids,'' he says of his costars. ''If you're not giving 'em an M&M or somethin', they're impossible.''
BURNING QUESTION Is this the next Harry Potter franchise?
COME FOR Carrey's cunning count
STAY FOR Meryl Streep, as jittery Aunt Josephine