Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
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Serial subject to get HBO docuseries The Case of Adnan Syed

Serial subject to get HBO docuseries The Case of Adnan Syed

Prosecutors are asking Maryland's highest court to reverse a ruling that grants a new trial to "Serial" podcast subject Adnan Syed in the 1999 murder of his Woodlawn High School classmate Hae Min Lee.

However, in March this year the Court of Special Appeals ruled to vacate his conviction and granted him a retrial.

Syed's story was widely publicized in the 2014 "Serial" podcast, which cast doubt on his guilt and inspired armchair investigators to unearth new information.

In production since 2015, the documentary series closely re-examines the events leading up to Hae Min Lee's disappearance. The cable giants have now announced "The Case Against Adnan Syed", a four-hour documentary series directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg (best known for her other crime documentaries "Deliver Us from Evil" and "West of Memphis").

The series promises "new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case" in Syed's trial. Berg received access to Syed, his family, friends of Syed and Lee, and members of the Baltimore law enforcement. The series is described as "a cinematic look" at the case that "Serial" Season 1 made prominent - the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland, and her ex-boyfriend Syed's conviction.

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Working Title TV and Instinct Productions are producing and NBC Universal International Studios are distributing the follow-up to the case, which will debut on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic in Europe.

At this point, no specific premiere date for the series has been confirmed.

It's also been revealed that Nick Cave will provide original music for the upcoming project.

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

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