Amazon has picked up The Hunt, Jordan Peele’s new drama about a group of Nazi hunters in New York.
The series, which is executive produced by the Get Out director, is drawn from real-life events and set in the 1970s. It follows the discovery that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living in the USA and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich, and the band of hunters who fight to stop them.
Created by David Weil (Moonfall), who will write the show, it was first shopped around last autumn by producers Sonar Entertainment. Now, Amazon Studios has stepped in and ordered 10 episodes of the series.
Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions became involved in the project in February 2017, following a first-look deal between Monkeypaw and Sonar. Joining them both as exec-producers are Sonar’s Tom Lesinski (Mr. Mercedes) and Jenna Santoianni (Mr. Mercedes), and Monkeypaw’s Win Rosenfeld (Dark Net).
“When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” said Peele 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.”
Amazon’s straight-to-series order is the first new scripted pickup from Amazon since Jennifer Salke was appointed its head this year.
“Our biggest priority is attracting exceptional writing and producing talent to bring addictive, groundbreaking projects to Prime Video,” commented 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!”