Jordan Peele will once again explore the darkness of racism in American society, as Amazon has given a straight-to-series order to his New York-set Nazi-hunter series The Hunt. It certainly is a great time to be Peele. Having earned a ton of equity with his mold-breaking, Oscar-winning blockbuster Get Out, the filmmaker is now cashing in by shepherding multiple new projects to screens both big and small.
For his next effort as a writer-director, Peele will once again explore the social thriller concept with the feature film Us, starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss. As a producer, Peele already helped bring Spike Lee's provocative drama BlacKkKlansman to the screen. Among Peele's other forthcoming endeavors is the anthology horror series Lovecraft Country, currently set up at HBO. Peele will also help bring the classic CBS series Twilight Zone back via CBS All Access.
But that isn't all Peele has up his incredibly huge sleeve. As reported by Deadline, the prolific writer-producer-director (but no longer actor) will now hook up with Amazon for The Hunt, a series detailing the efforts of a group of vengeance-minded Nazi-hunters. Amazon has placed a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes of the show, created by David Weil. Peele's Monkeypaw company shares producing duties with Sonar Entertainment.
The brief description of The Hunt offered by Deadline makes it sound like an American-set variation on Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Taking place in the '70s, the story follows a diverse group of Nazi hunters as they go about finding and eliminating Nazi officials who've managed to infiltrate American society with the intent of establishing a Fourth Reich. In a statement, Peele shared his reasons for jumping aboard the project, which originally made the rounds as a spec script with multiple outlets showing interest:
“When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved. 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 seems to have all the hallmarks of a Peele project. There's the cultural relevance of course, but there's also a high potential entertainment factor. Get Out clearly set the mold for what Peele wants to bring to the landscape in his capacity as a creator. Yes he wants to explore genre in a unique and sometimes amusing way, but he also wishes to get at the darker aspects of American society. Get Out proved that Peele's formula for mixing entertainment and social commentary really works, and now he'll expand his brand by enacting that formula via a variety of projects in every possible medium.
- Us (2019) release date: Mar 22, 2019