HBO Just Dropped the Trailer for ‘the Case Against Adnan Syed’ and It Looks Intriguing

HBO has finally dropped a new teaser for their much-anticipated true crime documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed. The soon-to-premier story will be told in four parts and will attempt to pick apart the case of Adnan Syed and the 1999 murder he is accused of committing.

While Syed has been sitting in jail for nearly two decades following his conviction, the world has been tuned into his case since 2014 when Serial, a podcast that investigated his trial and conviction, hit podcasting apps around the world. Not only did Serial bring light to Syed’s case, but it also changed the true crime genre.

While Serial wrapped their coverage of Adnan after the 2014 season, the attention the case garnered has not wavered. Now Syed is set for a new trial and the world is waiting with bated breath.

When does The Case Against Adnan Syed premier?

HBO has been releasing teasers and information about their new, four-part documentary series for months, but they kept the premiere date under wraps, that is until now. HBO has announced that The Case Against Adnan Syed will premier on March 10, 2019.

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Adnan Syed (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

The documentary series attempts to take a fresh look at the case that was made famous by Serial, a podcast that investigated the 1999 murder of a high school senior in Maryland. At the time that Serial premiered, the case seemed open and shut. Shortly after Hae Min Lee’s body was found, police arrested and charged her ex-boyfriend with the crime.

Adnan Syed, the ex-boyfriend in question, was found guilty and off he went to jail. That’s where the story would usually end, but a family friend, Rabia Chaudry, has continued to push for the case to be reinvestigated. With allies in investigative reporter Sarah Koenig, and producer Julie Snyder, Chaudry was able to bring the story to a mainstream audience through the Serial podcast.

Now, HBO is going to take a crack at the case. Building on the work Koenig completed, director Amy Berg will explore the facts and see if she can come to any further conclusions.

Is Adnan Syed still in jail?

While Sarah Koenig’s work on Serial helped to move the case against Syed forward for appeal, he remains in prison. While Syed was granted a new trial, and his conviction was overturned after a hearing in 2016, the entire case has stalled in recent months. According to Rolling Stone, it will likely be another year before Syed faces a new judge.

The Case Against Adnan Syed HBO panel
(L-R) Director Amy Berg,ÊSusan Simpson, Asia McClain and Rabia Chaudhry (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)

While Syed waits, he must remain in prison, with the rest of his life hanging in the balance. A new trial was granted on the grounds of incompetent legal representation and the discovery of evidence that Syed may have had an alibi for the day Hae Min Lee was murdered.

While he waits, his legal team has continued to comb through evidence and breakdown the prosecution’s case from 20 years ago. The prosecution’s case rested almost entirely on statements made by an acquaintance of Syed and gossip about the nature of Lee and Syed’s troubled relationship.

What is going to make The Case Against Adnan Syed different from Serial?

While some fans of Serial are excited to see more about the Adnan Syed case, others are concerned that the documentary will do little to advance the case one way or another. According to Vice, however, the HBO documentary will be markedly different from the podcast.

Not only does the documentary have the goal of exploring the murder and investigation in four, easy to digest parts, but they will also be paying much closer attention to Lee. Critics of Serial argued that the podcaster got so wrapped up in Syed that she made Lee a supporting character in her own murder. HBO plans to delve more deeply into Lee and the impact that her death had on those closest to her.

The HBO trailer also teases new information. Perhaps the documentary will uncover new information, or maybe they’ll just pick up where Koenig left off. You’ll have to tune in to find out.