Acclaimed documentary director Amy Berg is on board for an in-depth look into the case which saw Syed imprisoned for half his life
Adnan Syed, the murder suspect whose story was made famous by podcast Serial, will be the subject of a new four-hour documentary series.
Syed was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, but has been granted a new trial after spending almost half his life behind bars.
Serial was a huge hit by podcast standards, winning awards and drawing more than 80m downloads, while it spawned follow-up podcasts such as Undisclosed.
However, Syed’s story has only ever been told in audio form – until now.
According to Variety, HBO and Sky are teaming up on a documentary series about the case.
Entitled The Case Against Adnan Syed, it will have a total running time of four hours, though it is unclear how many segments it will be divided into.
Nick Cave has signed on to record original music for the series, which the publication claims will look at Hae’s disappearance, the police investigation and Syed’s eventual conviction.
It will be directed by Amy Berg, who is best known for Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil.
There are no coincidences: it was Amy Berg's documentary "West Of Memphis" that I watched one night on Netflix, turned off the tv & got online to search for a reporter to investigate Adnan's case. I found that reporter same night, Sarah Koenig. Now Amy is directing this series. https://t.co/nFFPHmiapw— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) May 16, 2018
“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 said in an announcement about the new show, adding that Berg had been given “unprecedented” access to those close to the investigation.
There is no official release date at the time of writing.
Since Serial aired, the show’s producers have gone on to make a second series focusing on a separate story involving the US military and a separate single-story podcast called S-Town.
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.
(Images: Syed Family / Courtesy of HBO)