HBO Developing Drama Based On Season 3 Of The ‘Serial’ Podcast

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27 Jan 21

HBO Developing Drama Based On Season 3 Of The ‘Serial’ Podcast

HBO has put into development a drama based on the third season of the multi-award-winning Serial podcast it has been announced, with LeBron James and ‘Serial’s Sarah Koenig exec producing.

For those of you unfamiliar with ‘Serial’, the first two seasons of the superb podcast followed true stories of single specific legal cases over the course of the season. The third season took a slightly different tack, focusing on the justice system as a whole. Based for a year in a courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, the season told extraordinary stories of ordinary cases that passed through the courthouse, week by week.

This new TV adaptation will follow a young cop and the man he’s accused of beating, as it illuminates the deeply flawed inner workings of a middle-American courthouse and how the system impacts every person it touches – from the cops and lawyers to the citizens accused of and victimized by crimes.

Upcoming writer/director Shola Amoo (‘The Last Tree’) is set to pen the script for the drama. Sarah Koenig, Emmanuel Dzotsi and Alissa Shipp will exec produce for Serial Productions, alongside Ohioan-born pro basketball player LeBron James for his production company SpringHill Entertainment, and former Head of HBO Miniseries, Kary Antholis, via his company, Crime Story Media.

This will mark the second time HBO has delved into ‘Serial’s subject matter to produce a tv series based on the podcast. ‘Serial’s first season, which focused on Adnan Syed, who was accused of murdering fellow student Hae Min Lee, was turned into a four-part docuseries titled ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’.

The currently untitled drama is still in early development at the moment, so there is no guarantee it’ll go to series, but we’ll let you know if and when we hear more.