If you haven’t heard of Serial, then where have you been? Series one of the highly addictive podcast wrapped in December last year and since then, Serial fans have been dealing with some pretty serious withdrawal problems.
The 12-episode podcast investigated the murder of Hae Min Lee whose ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was found guilty and given life in prison. Sarah Koenig’s incredibly interesting series investigated exactly what happened on the day of the murder and how the trial developed, taking a different part of the case to review each episode.
The series was a smash success with people all over the world quickly becoming completely addicted to the radio show (including the entire LOOK office). Fans of Serial then clubbed together and made donations in order for a second series to be made. In November last year (before the first series had even ended), the staff announced:
“Today, we have good news: between the money you donated and sponsorship, we’ll be able to make a second season. We don’t know yet what the story will be or exactly when we’ll be airing Season Two, but we’ll be working on it as soon as this season ends.”
In May, Sarah updated us all, announcing that they weren’t just working on series two, series three was in fact, also in the works. She explained:
“We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we’re planning a third season of Serial and we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three. As it stands, we intend to launch Season Two this fall and Season Three next spring.”
While an exact release date for the second series has not yet been confirmed, everyone is pretty certain what the topic might be. Maxim first reported that the new series will focus on the case of Sergent Bowe Bergdahl and the Serial staff are yet to confirm or deny.
Bergdahl is a US soldier who mysteriously disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and was then captured by the Taliban and kept hostage for five years. In 2014, he was freed by the US government who swapped him for members of the Taliban being held in Guantanamo Bay, but only a year later Bergdahl was charged with desertion and one count of misbehaviour before the enemy.
Just like with series one, we have a feeling there’s alot more to the story than it seems.
And now it’s been announced that Serial is becoming a TV show! It’s been reported that the Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have optioned the rights to the true crime series in partnership with Fox 21 Television Studios. Host Sarah Koenig, along with co-producers Julie Snyder and Ira Glass, will executive produce the new series, which will follows the behind-the-scenes making of the podcast over the course of the brand new investigation.
We can’t wait!
. We can’t wait for it to start!
By Amy de Klerk