Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The film stars Emily Browning as Violet Baudelaire, Liam Aiken as Klaus Baudelaire, Kara and Shelby Hoffman as Sunny Baudelaire and Jim Carrey as the villanous Count Olaf, with narration by Jude Law. The film tells the story of three orphans who are adopted by a mysterious villain who attempts to steal their late parents' fortune. Nickelodeon Movies purchased the film rights to Daniel Handler's book series in May 2000 and soon began development of a film. Barry Sonnenfeld signed on to direct in June 2002. He hired Handler to adapt the screenplay and courted Jim Carrey for Count Olaf. Sonnenfeld eventually left over budget concerns in January 2003 and Brad Silberling took over. Robert Gordon rewrote Handler's script, and principal photography started in November 2003. A Series of Unfortunate Events was entirely shot using sound stages and backlots at Paramount Pictures and Downey Studios. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, grossed approximately $209 million worldwide, and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup. Carrey's performance as Count Olaf was widely praised.