HBO's upcoming documentary 'The Case Against Adnan Syed' to re-examine the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee
The show got exclusive access to Syed, his family and friends, the defense team, and teachers of Hae Min Lee
Crime documentaries see to be the flavor of the month and it's no surprise that HBO decided to revisit one of the biggest unsolved cases in American history for its next offering. The Case Against Adnan Syed will delve into the disappearance and murder of Hae Min Lee, 18, in 1999 in Baltimore Country and the eventual conviction of Adnan Syed of multiple crimes including murder and kidnapping.
The channel, in partnership with Sky, is set to produce a four-hour-long documentary series which is going to be directed by Amy Berg who was nominated for an Oscar for her film Deliver Us from Evil.
The series will explore the disappearance and murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999 which eventually led to the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed.
Right from the start, the case saw a lot of public interest and was covered extensively by the media. The case also inspired the popular Serial podcast, an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes.
The documentary has been in production since 2015. As HBO recently revealed, The Case Against Adnan Syed is going to analyze and re-examine the events that led to Hae Min Lee's disappearance and reveals details about the high school romance, the cultural conflict in their relationship and the events that followed Min Lee's disappearance.
While Syed currently awaits a new trial, HBO is all set to reveal new details about the case, including "groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case".
There will also be "exclusive access to Syed, the defense team, Syed's family and friends, teachers of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, along with the members of City of Baltimore law enforcement," the channel said.
However, back in 2016, a judge vacated Syed's conviction and granted him a new trial after evidence emerged challenging the cell phone data that had initially linked Syed to the crime scene of Min Lee's murder.
Despite the vacate order being initially appealed, earlier in March this year, the Court of Special Appeals ruled the vacation of his his conviction and granted him a new trial.
HBO said all these newly-revealed details are going to be included in the upcoming documentary.
The original music for the show has been composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellist.
The channel, however, hasn't yet announced the premiere date for The Cast Against Adnan Syed.