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I feel like a rescue dog at Netflix," Sonnenfeld gushed at the New York premiere, where the new rendering of Daniel Handler’s best-selling book series debuted. Moments before Wednesday night’s premiere of the new Netflix original program A Series of Unfortunate Events at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City, director and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld sounded near tears as he thanked fellow executive producer Daniel Handler, author of the 13 novels of source material, who responded with a hug. Sonnenfeld — best-known for directing the Men in Black trilogy — originally was set to direct Paramount’s 2004 film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events starring Jim Carrey; he ultimately earned an executive producer credit instead. On the red carpet, Sonnenfeld gave The Hollywood Reporter an “easy” explanation for why he has been so devoted to adapting Handler’s tales (which have sold an estimated 65 million copies) for the screen. “The books posit that all children are capable and wonderful, and all adults — whether they mean well or are villains — are equally horrible and ineffectual and mean,” he said. “And that was my parents.” Handler’s first book in the series, The Bad Beginning, was published when Sonnenfeld’s only child, Chloe, was 6 years old. The director first read the books to her as a child, then again after..