Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele is set to executive produce a Nazi-hunting series for Amazon Studios.
Amazon has handed a 10-episode straight-to-series order to The Hunt, created by David Weil, who is also attached to write and will be executive producing alongside Peele.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the scripted series is drawn from real-life events and follows a band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The team, known as The Hunters, go about hunting and bringing down Nazis when they discover high ranking officials are living among them and intend to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.
It sounds like an ambitious, bonkers idea, and if done right, it could be freakin’ awesome. It also continues Peele’s clear love of tackling timely, very real issues such as racism and injustice in genre packaging.
“When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” Peele said in a statement. “It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”
The Hunt is the first scripted series Amazon has picked up since NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke was named as its new head.
“Our biggest priority is attracting exceptional writing and producing talent to bring addictive, groundbreaking projects to Prime Video,” said Salke. “The Hunt is edge-of-your seat entertainment that is not only culturally relevant but deliciously original. David Weil, Jordan Peele, and the entire Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment teams represent the dream team! We can’t wait to get started!”
Also on board as executive producers are Tom Lesinski (Mr. Mercedes) and Jenna Santoianni (Mr. Mercedes) from Sonar Entertainment, as well as Win Rosenfeld (Dark Net) from Monkeypaw Productions.
It’s aiming to a big one: the plan is to premiere The Hunt in over 200 countries and territories on Prime Video.
Peele has also lined up Us, his next feature film as director and writer. Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss are attached to star in that one, with a US release scheduled for March 15, 2019.