HBO producing documentary series on Serial's Adnan Syed

Posted May 17, 2018

The hugely popular Serial podcast is officially coming to the small screen thanks to a new documentary series helmed by HBO and Sky. Syed was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 but was granted a retrial in 2016 by the Baltimore City Circuit Court, a decision that was upheld by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in March.

The series, which isn't associated directly with the podcast, will further explore the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee.

On Wednesday, HBO and Sky announced the docuseries The Case Against Adnan Syed - a reexamination of a now well-known murder case in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Case Against Adnan Syed will be a four-hour documentary series that's directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis).

The docuseries, like "Serial" before it, will reexamine the evidence that led to Syed's conviction as well as "groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case", according to a press release.

Unfortunately, we might be waiting a while for the follow-up - no release date has been announced. The series also includes "exclusive access to Adnan Syed, his family and his lawyers", as Berg "has been closely following their efforts to obtain justice, with the outcome still to be determined - and possibly shaped by the investigation pursued within the series itself". While we might miss Serial's classic theme music, Nick Cave and experimental musician Warren Ellis are locked in to collaborate on the series' almost-certainly-eerie soundscape.

However, work has continued in Syed's pursuit of a new trial, and he has continued to protest his innocence throughout the last two decades.