Before this year, Jordan Peele was best known as one half of the comedy duo Key & Peele, having their own eponymous show on comedy central. Then, 2017 happened (oh, and did it happen). The year actually did start out right– with the release of Get Out, Peele’s directorial debut, resulting in all-around critical and financial success.
What Get Out proved is that you can successfully blend comedy, horror, and political commentary, without losing the best aspects of any of the three. And now Peele’s returning to those genres (or, at least, the political part), having just pitched a show about vigilante Nazi hunters in the US during the 1970s. They’re calling it The Hunt.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show “follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters in 1970s America as they set out on a quest for revenge and justice — tracking and killing hundreds of Nazis who, with the unconscionable help of the U.S. government, escaped justice and embedded themselves in American society.” There’s no network attached yet, but apparently the show was put on the fast track after the neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville last month.
We’re hoping for those moments of heart-wrenching suspense, coupled with cutting, witty, dialogue that so well characterized Get Out. And if you’ve seen the alternate ending of Get Out, you already know that Peele has no qualms with laying systemic and institutional negligence bare, meaning we might just learn a thing or two about how the US government helped those Nazis hide–educating us in between our laughing, gasping, and furrowing of brows, of course.
In related news, it was revealed earlier this year that Spike Lee has enlisted Peele’s help in his new project, The Black Klansman. It’s about another real story in history, of a black cop who successfully infiltrated the KKK. Jordan Peele is getting us really excited about hidden histories, and we know you’re getting stoked on them, too.