Serial caught on fire last year in a way its creator Sarah Koenig never expected. By the end of its 12-episode first season, millions of people were tuning into each episode and the conversation between installments reached an absolute firestorm all over the Internet. Now, ahead of its second season, Serial will become a TV show.
Deadline reports that writer/producer/directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) have secured the rights along with Fox 21 Television Studios, and will develop a cable series that follows the making of the podcast as it follows a case. There's no word on which case it'll cover or when that will take place, but it definitely won't be the original story that dissected the murder of Hae Min Lee and prosecution of Adnan Syed in 1999.
Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, the This American Life alumni who run the podcast, will serve as executive producers on the project. It's not clear exactly what form it will take and a writer to pen the adaptation hasn't yet been found.
"Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at Serial," Snyder told Deadline. "Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they're smarter than us."
There's no official release date for season 2 of the podcast and if Koenig has her way, it won't produce the same kind of fan fare as the first season. Speaking at the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently, she said, "I really miss the days when nobody gave a crap what I was doing," and Snyder added, "We're really not planning on having the same response that we had in season 1, and frankly, we're really, totally OK with that."
With a TV show on the way though, it doesn't seem like interest in their work is going to wane at all.
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