Jordan Peele’s next project will be a far cry from his 2017 hit, Get Out, as the Oscar-winner is set to executive produce a docuseries on Lorena Bobbit.
Lorena has been green-lit at Amazon, according to Variety, and will comprised of four parts delving into the case of husband and wife John and Lorena Bobbitt. In 1993, the pair made headlines when Lorena cut off her husband’s penis, later claiming she did it because he raped and physically abused her.
The series will highlight the Bobbit case as a seminal moment in the development of the 24 hour news cycle, as well as increasing the validity of sensational media coverage. The show is also set to explore the idea of sexual assault within marriage.
“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle,” Peele told Variety. “With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it.”
Heather Schuster, head of unscripted for Amazon Originals, had this to say about Peele joining the fold: “Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project. Lorena reframes Lorena Bobbitt’s story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse and offers Prime members an exclusive new view into how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.