HBO Is Doing A True-Crime Series About Adnan Syed From The 'Serial' Podcast

HBO has re-opened the investigation into Adnan Syed, whose conviction in the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee became the focus of widespread contention in the massively popular Serial podcast in 2014.

In a four-hour documentary series, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, the American network aims to pick up where investigative journalist Sarah Koenig left off, offering "new discoveries as well as ground-breaking revelations".

Adnan Syed, a former student at Woodlawn High School, has spent 18 years in jail (Image: St. Martin's Press)

The true-crime series, titled "The Case Against Adnan Syed", has been in production since 2015.

It looks into the events leading up to the disappearance and murder of Baltimore County student Lee and the subsequent (and potentially wrongful) imprisonment of her boyfriend Syed, HBO explains:

"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."

Berg, who directed Deliver Us From Evil and West of Memphis (about the fight to stop Arkansas from executing an innocent man) helms the project, with an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

The series is said to present "new discoveries as well as ground-breaking revelations that challenge the state's case".

It will feature exclusive access to Syed, his family, friends and teachers of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, the defence team and even members of Baltimore City law enforcement.

"Amy Berg has been closely following their efforts to obtain justice," HBO writes, "with the outcome still to be determined and possibly shaped by the investigation pursued within the series itself."

Zai Bennett, Director of Programming at Sky (where the show will air in Europe) said: "We're excited to partner with HBO to bring this fascinating and gripping case to television screens worldwide.

"We'll be offering viewers a compelling window into one of the most talked about murder cases in recent years," he explains.

"Amy Berg has unprecedented access to those closest to the investigation, which is sure to make for unmissable viewing."

Syed was sentenced to life in prison in 2000. However, in March this year, the Court of Special Appeals ruled to vacate his conviction and granted him a retrial.

By Matthew Kirby, publish on 17/05/2018