HBO to adapt Serial season 3 into a TV series

The series will use one specific case to take a look at the larger US justice system. 

A limited series based on the third season of the podcast Serial is in development at HBO. 

Originally released in 2018, its nine episodes set out to analyse the American criminal justice system by exploring a different case each time. 

The official plot synopsis outlined by the Hollywood Reporter suggests that it will mainly focus on one of these cases, where a police officer is accused of assaulting a young African American man. 

It will then use this to “illuminate the flawed inner workings of a middle-American courthouse and how the system impacts everyone it touches, from cops to lawyers and citizens accused of and victimized by crimes.”

The currently untitled series will be written and directed by Shola Amoo, who previously helmed acclaimed coming-of-age drama The Last Tree

Podcast host Sarah Koenig will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside basketball star Lebron James. 

Serial is credited with kicking off the true crime podcast boom and has proved a huge hit with audiences. Its first and second seasons have been downloaded over 340 million times. 

HBO has also adapted this first season, which examined the case of Adnan Syed who was convicted of killing his then girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, into an Emmy-nominated documentary series. 

Source: AV Club

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