Director Jordan Peele signs deal with Amazon

Jordan Peele’s.
Jordan Peele’s.

LOS ANGELES • Amazon has the right to get in to take a first look at Get Out director Jordan Peele's ideas for television.

On Tuesday, the company inked an agreement with Peele, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in March.

Amazon has been courting Peele for months, including making commitments to a TV show and a documentary.

The company made a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for a show called The Hunt, for which Peele will serve as executive producer.

According to Amazon, the series centres on a group of people living in New York in 1977 who vow to break up a band of Nazis trying to establish a Fourth Reich in the United States.

The company also gave the go-ahead for a true-crime documentary series from Peele about Lorena Bobbitt, who made headlines after she cut off the penis of her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, in 1993.

The move to sign Peele is Amazon's biggest talent-related deal since Ms Jennifer Salke joined the company in February to run Amazon Studios.

The former entertainment executive at NBC is responsible for bringing new life to the streaming service, which is widely seen as lagging far behind Netflix.

Under the unit's earlier management team, Amazon seemed to be focused on passion projects with limited commercial appeal. Mr Roy Price, the company's former entertainment leader, was forced out after a producer made an allegation of sexual harassment against him last year.

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