Award-winning actor and director Jordan Peele recently signed on to produce a four-part docuseries centered around the notorious Lorena Bobbitt case. The Amazon-housed series will include Lorena’s full participation and hopes to shift the narrative around her story–specifically regarding society’s nature of handling domestic violence and sexual assault.
“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,” Peele expressed in a statement.
The ‘Get Out’ director is also teaming up with director Joshua Rofe, who also shared their aspiration for the upcoming series:
“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.”
The case made worldwide headlines in 1993 when Bobbitt was accused of cutting off her husband’s penis while he was asleep in bed. During the ensuing trial, it was revealed that her husband inflicted years of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on the then 22-year-old. Because the series will include Bobbitt and her insight of both then and her life now; it will allow the audience to experience an additional, deeper layer to the tragic tale.
The docuseries is reportedly set to be released around the 25th anniversary of the case; so although a release date hasn’t been confirmed, the timing would be that of early this summer or even late fall.
Written By: Kisha Forde