Amazon has greenlit a four-part documentary series on Lorena Bobbit with Jordan Peele attached to executive produce, the Tracking Board has confirmed. LORENA will dive into the notorious case of husband and wife John and Lorena Bobbit.
In 1993, Lorena made headlines when she cut off her husband’s penis. She later claimed that she did so after he raped her. The series will examine how the case laid the foundation for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage. It will also explore the national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.
The series will serve as a reminder and deeper dive into the case for audiences who are already familiar with the subject matter, and for a younger generation like myself, who aren’t familiar with Lorena’s story. Paired with the gaining momentum of the #MeToo movement, this couldn’t be coming at a better time.
In an interview, Peele said ” 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. 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.”
Jose Rofé will direct the series with Peele and Win Rosenfeld set to executive produce for Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions. Rofé will also executive produce along with Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar Entertainment.
Peele recently made Oscar history as the first black person to win the award for best original screenplay for his horror thriller Get Out.
“Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique, and we are excited to work with him on this project,” Heather Schuster, head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals, said in a statement. “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.”
April Dawn | Editorial Intern