Neil Patrick Harris Returning to Small Screen as 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Villain

While the Netflix series almost gains the 'How I Met Your Mother' alum as its cast member, showrunner Mark Hudis is reportedly exiting the project.

AceShowbiz - Neil Patrick Harris may land "A Series of Unfortunate Events" role. The actor is in talks to star on Netflix's small-screen adaptation of the 13 best-selling novels by Lemony Snicket, the pen name of author Daniel Handler.

Reports say the host of the 2015 Academy Awards is up for the role of villainous Count Olaf. He is the uncle of three orphaned children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, who try to uncover the secret of their parents' death.

The role will mark Harris' return to serialized television following his nine-year run as Barney Stinson on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother". He most recently returned to television as the host of "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris", which was canceled by NBC last December after one season.

Meanwhile, the show may need to look for a new showrunner. Mark Hudis ("True Blood"), who was previously hired in the post, is reportedly leaving the project. A replacement is yet to be named and Netflix has no comment on Hudis' exit.

Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the 2004 movie adaptation starring Jim Carrey, is on board to direct the straight-to-series drama. He will also executive produce it with the book author Handler.

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