After the conviction of Adnan Syed’s for the murder of Hae Min Lee — a relatively little known case outside of Maryland — the second season of Serial is going bigger in scale. Much bigger.
The subject is one with which most of us are familiar, but with which most of us have few details: Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for five years after leaving his base in Afghanistan.
Mark Boal and Hugo Lindgren — a former NYTimes editor — will assist in the story, ahead of a movie on the same subject directed by Kathryn Bigelow that they’re currently working on (there is also a competing project in the works).
Bergdahl, who is currently being charged for desertion, was recovered by the Taliban in a swap of Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. President Obama has been both celebrated and decried for making the deal.
The movie that Boal and Lindgren are working on is still awaiting conclusion to the Bergdahl saga, namely what will happen during his trial for desertion.
Sarah Koenig, of course, will continue to be at the center of the podcast.
That’s a huge story, and sure to be a fascinating one, but I’m not sure how I feel about the podcast moving away from a smaller-scale murder investigation and onto a subject that reaches into national politics, although I suspect Koenig and company will still manage to surface the human elements of a story that we’re otherwise mostly familiar with from Internet headlines.
The podcast will begin later this year.