Peele is set to executive produce the drama The Hunt, a 1970s-set Nazi hunter drama from Sonar Entertainment. David Weil is on board to pen the script and exec produce alongside Peele. A network is not yet attached; insiders stress the project is already drawing interest from several potential bidders.
Inspired by true events, The Hunt 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.
Sonar Entertainment, where Peele has a first-look deal, is attached to produce the potential series, along with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions. Sources say the package started going around town following the Charlottesville, Va., neo-Nazi protest and counter protest.
Peele starred for five seasons alongside Keegan Michael-Key on the Comedy Central hit Key and Peele, and also spent five seasons on the sketch show MADtv. More recently, the comedian/actor had a recurring role on Noah Hawley’s FX anthology Fargo. The TV deal comes after the success of horror-farce Get Out, which was written by Peele and served as his feature directorial debut. His film credits also include writing and co-starring in last year’s Keanu.
Peele and Weil are repped by CAA.