'Serial' Heads to HBO for 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'

Serial, hosted by Sarah Koenig, became a sensation in 2014 as it explored the case over 12 episodes. The Baltimore Sun reported this week that Syed's prosecutors had asked the court to reverse the retrial ruling. On March 29, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals also ruled to vacate Syed's conviction and granted him a retrial 18 years after first being convicted.

The docoseries is directed by Amy Berg, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006 for Deliver Us From Evil, an exposé sex abuse claims against the Catholic church.

The Case of Adnan Syed will re-examine the events leading up to Lee's disappearance, its aftermath, and the present day.

According to an HBO news release, the series has been in production since 2015 and will feature new discoveries as well as "groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case".

Director of Programming, Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland, Zai Bennett said, "We're excited to partner with our friends at HBO to bring this fascinating and gripping case to television screens worldwide".

Per its official synopsis, the series "will offer a cinematic look at the life and 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and conviction of Adnan Syed, from the genesis of their high school relationship, to the original police investigation and trial, through to the current day, when Syed faces a new trial after serving 18 years in jail".

Instinct's Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan serve as executive producers alongside Working Title's Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Andrew Stearn.

As for the soundtrack, it will be helmed by the busybody scoring duo of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

'The hugely talented Amy Berg has unprecedented access to those closest to the investigation, which is sure to make unmissable viewing'.

Vanessa Coleman