Phil Lord and Chris Miller Making a TV Show Based on the Serial Podcast


Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue to be one of the most highly sought after writer/director/producer teams in Hollywood these days, but in between working on 23 Jump Street, The Lego Movie Sequel, The Last Man on Earth, an animated Spider-Man film, a Star Wars Han Solo movie, The Flash movie and their Son of Zahn live-action / animated comedy series, somehow they have found time for just one more project. This week they have announced that they are developing a TV series based on the wildly successful podcast Serial. Here’s the weird part: apparently this will not be about the Adnan Syed case or even a specific true crime story but rather about “the experience of making the hugely successful podcast.” Huh? Here’s what Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke had to say about the project:

“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… 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.”

Serial host Sarah Koenig and producers Ira Glass, Julie Snyder and Alissa Shipp are on board as executive producers. It all sounds a bit strange, but at this point Lord and Miller have a reputation for making impossible ideas work so I’m curious to see what comes of it. In the meantime, we’re still waiting to hear what the subject of Serial‘s second season will be.

Maxim recently reported that it would focus on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who disappeared from his post in Afghanistan under mysterious circumstances back in 2009. However, the producers of Serial refused to confirm the report, claiming that they had several investigations underway and nothing was yet certain. Can you see a Serial TV show working and are you looking forward to season 2 of the podcast?

  • Lori Cerny

    Sean, I’m also curious.

    However, I re-listened to Serial a couple weeks ago and now knowing there is no resolution, it completely loses any tension or anticipatory factor.

    This is a completely different experience than re-watching, and re-watching, Zodiac where I always think the reporters and detectives will figure out who is the murderer.

  • I’ll say this, I’m definitely more interested in a procedural look at how a podcast like this is put together than more speculation about Adnan’s innocence.

  • Bob

    The “Undisclosed” podcast from Rabia Chaudry is currently running and might be of interest.