The Hollywood Reporter shared the news about a series adaptation of last year’s viral podcast Serial, produced and hosted by Sarah Koenig. Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the duo who created The Lego Movie and who are also attached to direct the Star Wars Han Solo film, will be in charge of this new project after they closed a deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and producers of This American Life‘s podcast Serial.
Both Miller and Lord pitched the idea for a tv series about the making of the podcast (not recreating the case of Adnan Syed dissected during its first season) to the previously mentioned Koenig, and the rest of producers Ira Glass, Julie Snyder and Alissa Ship. All of them will also be executive producers of the series, along with Seth Cohen.
Over at Fox 21 TV Studios, who acquired the rights to the podcast, president Bert Salke said that they’re hoping to find a “spectacular writer and look forward to pitching [the project] to outlets very soon”.
For their part, Snyder stated:
“Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at Serial. They experiment. They don’t mimic formulas. Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they’re smarter than us.”
Nothing else has been announced yet about any details, so we’ll keep you updated. I can venture to say that fans of the podcast should also be excited and confident that this series is already in very capable hands.
Did you enjoy Serial? Will you watch the tv series?