While we’re all anxiously awaiting the second season of Serial, there’s now news of a television adaptation of the podcast— and man oh man does it sound spectacular.
First off, Sarah Koenig and the This American Life team will act as producers, which bodes well for the quality of the show. Also, it’s not going to be a dramatization of Adnan’s story. Instead, it will be a scripted cable series “based on the experience” of making the podcast. Perhaps the most exciting bit of news, though, is that the rights here have been optioned by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team behind The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and most good, fun things of the last few years.
The show doesn’t have a writer yet, and won’t be pitching to networks until they do, but everyone involved seems to recognize what an unusual, incredible thing they have in front of them. As the president of Fox 21 Studios put it,
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 [Snyder], Alissa [Shipp] and Ira [Glass] for what the series could be, we’re moving forward on this exciting project.Wow, they are REALLY not even trying to keep our hopes at a reasonable level, are they? It doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that with source material this important and popular, with a team this good, who respect that source— If they can pull this off, to the degree they’re clearly hoping for, this really could be something amazing.
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.
Oh, and if they’re looking to cast the Sarah Koenig character, that choice is obvious, right?