Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Amy Berg's The Case Against Adnan Syed Doc Series Coming to HBO

Amy Berg's The Case Against Adnan Syed Doc Series Coming to HBO

Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing Hae Min Lee, his high-school sweetheart.

According to an HBO news release, the series has been in production since 2015 and will feature new discoveries as well as "groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case".

The Case Against Adnan Syed will be a four-hour documentary series that's directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis).

In 2014, This American Life producer and journalist Sarah Koenig walked listeners through the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed (who maintains his innocence) in the wildly popular podcast Serial.

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Per an official press release, "In June 2016, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch vacated Adnan Syed's conviction and granted him a new trial after new evidence challenged the reliability of cell phone data linking Syed to the crime scene, and a long-awaited alibi witness finally had her day in court". Prosecutors appealed to Maryland's intermediate appeals court, which in March granted a new trial. The Baltimore Sun reported this week that Syed's prosecutors had asked the court to reverse the retrial ruling.

The Case Against Adnan Syed will air in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic and on HBO in the US. We'll be offering viewers a compelling window into one of the most talked about murder cases in recent years.

HBO makes an interesting claim: that "the outcome" of Adnan's case will "possibly [be] shaped by the investigation pursued within the series itself". She'll be joined, Slate reports, by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, who will compose an original score for the series.

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

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