Serial, the podcast that swept the internet last year, is becoming a TV show. Deadline reports that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have optioned the rights to the true crime series in partnership with Fox 21 Television Studios. Host Sarah Koenig, along with co-producers Julie Snyder and Ira Glass, will executive produce the new series, which will follows the behind-the-scenes making of the podcast over the course of a brand new investigation.
In an official statement, Snyder expressed excitement at the prospect of making the series with Lord and Miller. "Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at Serial," she said. "Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they’re smarter than us."
The Serial team is already hard at work on its next season
Of course, the Serial team is already hard at work on its second season, with a third due to debut next spring. According to Maxim, one of the upcoming stories will tackle the controversial case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who currently faces life in prison after allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban.
As for Lord and Miller, the pair have already made a name for themselves in successful comedies to date, including the 21 Jump Street franchise and Fox's Last Man on Earth. Recently, the pair was tapped to write and direct the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film, which will hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.