Jordan Peele Will Helm Amazon Prime’s Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries

With hopes it will lead to a broader discussion on domestic and sexual assault

A docuseries about Lorena Bobbitt will be coming to Amazon Prime.
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A four-part documentary series on the case of John Wayne Bobbitt and Lorena Bobbitt is coming to Amazon Prime with Jordan Peele as the executive producer, the company announced today.

The series, called Lorena, will take another look at what happened 25 years after the case, in which she cut off her husband’s genitalia after Bobbitt said he raped her.

“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,” Monkeypaw Productions’ Peele said in a statement.

Peele recently made Oscar history as the first black person to win the award for Best Original Screenplay for his movie, Get Out.

Original news coverage of the Bobbitt incident, Amazon says, did not include a broader national discussion on domestic and sexual assault. The conversation surrounding sexual assault has gained momentum recently under the #MeToo movement.

The docuseries will be produced by Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment and will be available to stream for Amazon Prime members.

“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.”

Lorena will be directed by Joshua Rofé, who directed Lost for Life, a documentary about juveniles who are serving life in prison.

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.