Last year, the entire Internet was captivated by Serial, a new podcast spinning off from NPR’s This American Life that told one story week-by-week. Specifically, the podcast told the story of Adnan Syed, and attempted to uncover whether or not he really was guilty of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, when they were both high school students in Baltimore in 1999. The story, told every week by host Sarah Koenig, caught fire online and quickly became one of the most popular podcasts of all time, generating constant analysis, parodies, and even actual new activity in the case.
As a podcast, Serial is moving on. It’s already picked the subject for its second season, and we’ll be hearing all about that very soon. In the meantime, there’s an exciting new development for the podcast team: They’re getting a TV show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer/producer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who’ve found success with everything from The LEGO Movie to The Last Man on Earth, are adapting the podcast for Fox 21 Television Studios. That doesn’t mean Adnan Syed’s story is heading for TV, though. The show will be more about the behind-the-scenes story of producing the podcast, and not about the case at hand. Koenig, producer Julie Snyder, and the whole Serial team is apparently onboard.
“Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at Serial. They experiment,” Snyder said. “They don’t mimic formulas. Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they’re smarter than us.”
We have no idea when we’ll actually see this show, but a TV attempt to dissect a podcast phenomenon is bound to be fascinating.