Jordan Peele Is Making a Docuseries About Lorena Bobbitt for Amazon
By Philiana Ng
The infamous tale of Lorena Bobbitt is getting the Jordan Peele treatment.
Peele, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, will executive produce a four-part documentary series, Lorena, for Amazon Prime that intends to reinvestigate the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of the American scandal. In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt infamously cut off her then-husband John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis with a kitchen knife while he was asleep.
Directed by filmmaker Joshua Rofé, Lorena promises to reveal the hidden truths in the notorious case and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded this event. Lorena provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt and how one event laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.
“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,” said Peele in a statement.
“Our hope for this series is to give viewers pause when the next scandal of the moment is presented to us as macabre entertainment. Often, there’s profound pain and trauma just beneath the surface of stories like Lorena’s,” said Rofé in a statement.