'Serial' to Tackle Bowe Bergdahl Case for Upcoming Season
The hit podcast will focus on the mystery surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl's disappearance and imprisonment in Afghanistan.
The second season of the hit podcast Serial will focus on the Bowe Bergdahl case, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Maxim magazine first reported that the This American Life spin-off series will look into the mystery surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl's disappearance from an army base in Afghanistan in 2009 and his subsequent five-year imprisonment by the Taliban. Bergdahl was finally freed in May 2014 in a prisoner exchange for Guantanamo Bay detainees.
At Bergdahl's preliminary hearing last week in San Antonio, to determine whether or not he will face a court-martial, Maxim cites sources present that Serial host Sarah Koenig and one of the show's producers was in the courtroom.
Bergdahl's story is also being adapted for the screen by the Zero Dark Thirty team of producer and scribe Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. The film is currently set up at Megan Ellison's Annapurnna. Boal was also in attendance at the preliminary hearing and is helping the Serial team with research according to the report.
A producer on Serial released the following statement to Maxim:
"We'd very much appreciate if fellow journalists would give us some room and not feel the need to attempt to dig into and try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we're actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder. Doesn't feel very menschy. In any case, here's what I can tell you: The Serial staff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3, and some other podcast projects. For now we're not talking publicly about anything that we're working on."
The first season of Serial in 2014 was a huge hit, millions tuned in and played amateur detective along with host Koenig as she dissected and investigated the Adnan Syed Baltimore murder case. Serial inspired a campaign to appeal Syed's conviction which he was granted in May this year.
Sept. 24, 19:10 p.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly identified NPR as producers of Serial. THR regrets the error.