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

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Although it has been in production since 2015, a release date for the series has not yet been announced.

European satcaster Sky and premium USA cablenet HBO have commissioned a four-part documentary series about the murder case featured in the first season of hit podcast Serial.

On Wednesday, HBO and Sky announced the docuseries The Case Against Adnan Syed - a reexamination of a now well-known murder case in Baltimore, Maryland.

The series, which isn't associated directly with the podcast, will further explore the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee.

In a statement, Sky said the series will present new discoveries and "ground-breaking revelations that challenge the state's case".

The documentary will debut in Europe on Sky Atlantic and it will closely re-examine the events that lead up to Hae Min Lee's disappearance.

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Syed is now awaiting a new trial.

Viewers will hear accounts from Adnan Syed, the defence team, the Syed family, friends and teachers of Hae Min Lee, and members of Baltimore City law enforcement.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is directing the four-hour documentary series, and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are writing an original score.

Serial, which was hosted and produced by Sarah Koenig, looked extensively into the case.

Episodes from season one - which focused exclusively on Syed and Min Lee's story - have been downloaded more than 175 million times. Since the podcast aired, a series of court rulings have held that Syed should be granted a new trial. However, Gutierrez failed to question that evidence. 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.

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