HBO Plans Serial Podcast Docuseries The Case Against Adnan Syed


It’s now been give years since This American Life‘s revelatory podcast series, Serial, and the new stories and perspectives keep on coming.

HBO is teaming up with European media company Sky to produce The Case Against Adnan Syed, which will cast new light on Serial Season 1’s subject Adnan Syed. HBO has now released the first trailer for the project.

Serial Season 1 told Adnan Syed’s story and the curious, potentially unfair trial he received. In 2000 Syed was convicted of murder in the first degree of his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Serial followed the ins and outs of Lee’s murder (The Nisha Call!) and Syed’s subsequent trial (Christina Gutierrez!). 

Serial was a benchmarks series for the somewhat nascent podcasting medium, having received more than 80 million downloads by 2016. It also renewed interest in the Hae Min Lee murder case and was even partially responsible for Syed being granted a new trial.

At HBO’s 2019 TCA winter press tour appearance, The Case Against Adnan Syed participant and Syed family advocate Rabia Chaudry said that she believes Syed will be out of prison for good within two years.

The Case Against Adnan Syed will be directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and will run for four hours. The series will debut in March of 2019 and will air on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and HBO in the U.S. The series will re-examine the events that led up to Lee’s 1999 murder and Sky says the series will present  “ground-breaking revelations that challenge the state’s case.”

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“We’ll be offering viewers a compelling window into one of the most talked about murder cases in recent years,” Sky’s director of programming Zai Bennett told Variety.  “The hugely talented Amy Berg has unprecedented access to those closest to the investigation, which is sure to make unmissable viewing.”

Nick Cave will be scoring original music for the series. 

Serial Season 3 debuted in 2018 and followed the daily operations of the criminal justice system in Cleveland, Ohio.

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad

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