Al Pacino is in talks to star in Amazon’s The Hunt.
The series, which is exec-produced by Get Out’s Jordan Peele and follows a group of Nazi hunters in New York, would mark the Heat star’s first episodic TV role. 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, and produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, it was picked up by Amazon Studios last year with a 10-episode order.
Nikki Toscano executive produces the project and will be co-showrunner with Weil. Now, as The Current War‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to direct the drama, names are being lined up in front of the camera, with Pacino’s deal reported by Deadline to be almost closed. He would join Logan Lerman, who has already been cast as Jonah Heidelbaum, who, when his grandmother is killed by an intruder, tracks down the culprit and finds himself caught up in The Hunt. Pacino would play his mentor.
Amazon picks up Jordan Peele’s The Hunt
18th May 2018
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!”