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Jordan Peele Developing TV Series About Nazi Hunters

After writing and directing the critical and commercial smash Get Out, Jordan Peele had his choice of next projects, and now it looks like one of those (he’s got a few in the works) will find the multi-talented star returning to TV, writing and directing a period thriller called The Hunt.  

The show, inspired by true events, will follow Nazi hunters in the 1970s on the warpath for retribution. As Collider reports, the new show follows his TV deal with Sonar Entertainment, and the independent studio is setting up and will shop The Hunt. This will be the first project to come out of this new partnership.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that there’s already interest from studios, which is no surprise considering Peele’s success on Key & Peele, his groundbreaking sketch comedy show, and, of course, the worldwide smash Get Out. THR describes the show thusly:

“The Hunt follows a diverse band of Nazi Hunters in 1970s America as they set out on a quest for revenge and justice — tracking and killing hundreds of Nazis who, with the unconscionable help of the U.S. government, escaped justice and embedded themselves in American society.”

It will be fascinating to see what Peele may do with this type of material. Considering he took Get Out, a horror film shot on a minuscule budget, and turned it into not only one of the best horror films in years, but a eye-opening social thriller that grossed more than $250 million worldwide, the sky’s limit for what a larger palette and more financial wiggle room will offer him. Peele’s already re-teaming with Blumhouse, that mini powerhouse for horror films, for another social thriller, and he’s also teaming with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to develop an adaptation of “Lovecraft Country,” a fantasy novel by Matt Ruff that explores the conjunction between the truly insane horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and racism in the U.S. during the Jim Crow era. That sounds like yet more material that Jordan Peele could do wonders with. 

Featured image: Jordan Peele on the set of Get Out. Courtesy Universal Pictures. 

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