Hundreds of Nazis Will Die in Jordan Peele's New TV Show

The director is heading back to TV with 'The Hunt,' inspired by true stories of real-life Nazi hunters in 1970s America.
September 21, 2017, 4:00pm
Keegan-Michael Key (left) and Jordan Peele at the premiere of their film Keanu in. Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Comedian and Get Out director Jordan Peele is heading back to television with a new show all about hunting Nazis in the 1970s, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show, aptly titled The Hunt, follows "a diverse band of Nazi hunters in 1970s America as they set out on a quest for revenge and justice," the Reporter writes, "tracking and killing hundreds of Nazis who, with the unconscionable help of the US government, escaped justice and embedded themselves in American society." It's inspired by true stories of real-life Nazi hunters after the fall of the Third Reich.

Sources close to the project told the Reporter that Peele began shopping the series around in the wake of the violent neo-Nazi "Unite the Right" rally last month in Charlottesville.

The series is still in its infancy and plot details are minimal—save for that brief synopsis—so there's no telling whether The Hunt will wind up being a dour period drama or an Inglourious Basterds exploitation thing or some Nazi hunter police procedural (OK, it probably won't be that). But whatever it is, Jordan Peele telling fictionalized Simon Wiesenthal stories or whatever is destined for brilliance—and some massive network bidding wars.

The Hunt is Peele's first TV project after inking an overall TV development deal with Sonar Entertainment earlier this year. Sonar will produce the series with Peele acting as executive producer and Black List wunderkind David Weil is onboard to co-executive produce and pen the script.

In other Peele-produced, white supremacist–fighting news, the Get Out director is also working on Spike Lee's upcoming film Black Klansman, which will tell the true story of Ron Stallworth, a black undercover cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, and is based on Stallworth's memoir of the same name.