Is it any shock that Daniel Handler’s Lemony Snicket books, ”A Series of Unfortunate Events,” went through exactly that in getting to the screen? But after an arduous development process and a director swap (City of Angels’ Brad Silberling replaced Barry Sonnenfeld), the Paramount/DreamWorks coproduction has hit a lucky streak. Based on the first three books in Handler’s set of novellas about a trio of orphans who dodge ill fortune — and the evil Count Olaf — at every turn, Silberling’s movie is scheduled to wrap in May and is set for a December release. ”We’re working with a lot of kids, including infants,” says Silberling, with a smile. ”Thank God that we have two ultraprofessional actors.” Of course, if your movie featured Meryl Streep (Aunt Josephine) and Jim Carrey (Olaf), you’d be counting your lucky stars too.