The most talked about podcast of 2014 may be heading to television.
Fox 21 Television Studios has teamed with The Lego Movie and The Last Man On Earth scribes/executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to develop an hour-long cable drama based on Serial, the true-crime podcast from Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder which became an overnight hit last-year, TVWise has learned.
Very few details about the project are available at this time, but rather than following Adnan Syed case the was featured in the first season of Serial, the cable drama will tell the inside story of what goes into making a hugely successful true-crime podcast, such as the real life Serial.
Lord and Miller optioned the rights to Serial through their overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The two will executive produce, but are not expected to pen the scripts for the drama, with a search currently underway for a scribe to tackle the project. Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder, Alissa Shipp, Ira Glass and Seth Cohen will also serve as executive producers.
“From the very first week of Serial’s release last fall, everyone at Fox 21TVS was obsessed with the podcast”, said Bert Salke, President of Fox 21 Television Studios. “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. We are confident we’ll attract a spectacular writer and look forward to pitching it to outlets very soon.”