Adnan Syed Case Gets Documentary Treatment From HBO, Sky

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Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is directing the four-hour documentary series, and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are writing an original score.

In 2000 Adnan Syed was given a life sentence plus 30 years for the murder of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. To this day, Syed maintains his innocence and in wake of the new evidence and interest provided from Serial, he now awaits a retrial.

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Welch vacated Adnan Syed's conviction and granted him a new trial after new evidence challenged the reliability of the cell phone data that linked Syed to the crime scene, and a long-awaited alibi witness finally had her day in court.

According to an HBO news release, the series has been in production since 2015 and will feature new discoveries as well as "groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case". The State of Maryland appealed the lower court judge's ruling, but on March 29, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals also ruled to vacate Syed's conviction and granted him the retrial he has been waiting for.

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HBO is teaming with the UK's Sky Atlantic to release a documentary series following the murder case and conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the first season of the popular podcast "Serial" from 2014. Nick Cave will provide original music and it will be exec produced by Khan, Conrad, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Andrew Stearn. Working Title TV and Instinct Productions are producing the series.

Sky's director of programming Zai Bennett added, "We'll be offering viewers a compelling window into one of the most talked about murder cases in recent years".

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'The hugely talented Amy Berg has unprecedented access to those closest to the investigation, which is sure to make unmissable viewing'.

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