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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Serial's Adnan Syed will be the subject of an HBO documentary
The Case Against Adnan Syed will, over the course of four hours, explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, a case that became famous in 2014 thanks to the Serial podcast. Oscar nominee Amy Berg is directing the documentary, which has been in the works since 2015.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
Apple gives a series order to Octavia Spencer's Are You Sleeping true-crime podcast drama series
Based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel of the same name, Are You Sleeping will delve into America's obsession with true-crime podcasts, with Serial's Sarah Koenig serving as a consultant and Reese Witherspoon on board as executive producer. According to Deadline, the 10-episode pickup "is the first project bought by Apple to be developed for straight-to-series consideration to get a green light."
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Podcast-inspired TV shows are all the rage
There are currently more than a dozen podcast-inspired TV projects in the works, including one based on Sarah Koenig's Serial. In fact, some companies are now producing podcasts with an eye toward future TV adaptation. “We knew that listening to a four- or five-hour podcast would paint a more accurate picture of what a story could look like as a TV or movie than a script would," says Hernan Lopez, CEO of the Los Angeles-based podcast network Wondery.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 1:26PM EST
Octavia Spencer is set to star in Apple’s true-crime podcast TV drama Are You Sleeping, from producer Reese Witherspoon
Are You Sleeping, based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel of the same name, delves into the obsession Americans have with true-crime podcasts. Serial podcaster Sarah Koenig will serve as a consultant. The proposed series expands Witherspoon’s relationship with Apple, where she’s starring in a morning news drama with Jennifer Aniston.