The criminally popular Serial podcast is set to invade both your ears and your eyes sometime in the imminent future. Writers/Producers/Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”, “21 Jump Street”), along with Fox 21 Television Studios, have optioned the rights to the podcast that everyone was talking about from its debut in October of 2014 until its riveting conclusion that December.
The first season of the podcast, an offshoot of “This American Life”, hosted and produced by Sarah Koenig, followed the investigation of the murder of high school student Hae Min Lee. While details about the series are being very closely guarded, we do know that the plan is to craft a story based on the making of the hugely successful podcast, and that the show will not follow the previously chronicled case.
Koenig and co-Serial creator/producer Julie Snyder join Lord and Miller as executive producers on the project, along with “This American Life’s” Alissa Shipp and Ira Glass. Rounding out the team is Comedy Central executive Seth Cohen, who is president of Miller and Lord’s television company. They are currently searching for a writer to tackle the screen adaptation.
Reportedly, everyone at Fox 21 was immediately captivated by Serial. Said Fox 21 TV Studios president Bert Salke, “From the very first week of Serial’s release last fall, everyone at Fox 21 TVS was obsessed with the podcast. One year later, thanks to the incredible passion of Chris and Phil, who flew to New York and shared their vision with Sarah, Julie, Alissa and Ira for what the series could be, we’re moving forward on this exciting project. What you have here is a ‘once every ten years creative storytelling phenom’ with a ‘once in ten years take’ with a ‘once in twenty-five years creative team.’ We are confident we’ll attract a spectacular writer and look forward to pitching it to outlets very soon.”
Serial‘s Snyder praised Lord and Miller’s “unexpected” and “appealing” approach to storytelling. “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.”
Smarter than the people behind “This American Life”? Color me intimidated. Let’s hope they all continue to use their collective brain powers for good.
Lord and Miller, whose current projects include the Han Solo “Star Wars” film, and the TV series “Last Man on Earth” are repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham; Koenig, Snyder, Shipp and Glass are at UTA and Lichter Grossman.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter