Ever since writer-director Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out became one of the breakout hits of 2017, fans have been wondering what’s next for the multitalented filmmaker. The answer to that question now seems a little more clear after Amazon Studios picked up the rights to The Hunt, an upcoming series from Peele’s production studio.
The series will follow a group of Nazi hunters tasked with tracking down war criminals in New York City during the late-’70s. The team eventually finds themselves caught up in a Nazi plot to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S., and must foil the scheme orchestrated by hidden, high-ranking Nazi officers.
According to Deadline, the 10-episode series was created by David Weil, who will also write the series. Weil has had two scripts selected for The Blacklist — the annual list of the year’s best unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood– including his most recent script, titled Moonfall, a sci-fi film described as a “Fargo-like thriller set on the moon.”
Along with penning the series, Weil will serve as an executive producer along with Peele, whose Monkeypaw Productions is developing the series along with Sonar Entertainment.
“When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” Peele said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “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.”
Although there’s no timeline for production on the series at this point, The Hunt will be a global exclusive for Amazon, and will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.
As for Peele, the tremendous success of Get Out has the filmmaker juggling a full plate of projects at the moment. Along with executive producing The Hunt, he’s also working on the HBO series Lovecraft Country, which is expected to be a supernatural horror story set in the U.S. during the Jim Crow era. He also has a horror film titled Us in the works, with Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o cast in a lead role.
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