Jordan Peele Working on TV Drama Based on Real-life Nazi Hunters in 1970s America

'The Hunt' will focus on group who go after Nazis who embedded themselves in American society, aided by U.S. government

Jordan Peele at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, September 2016.
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Jordan Peele is developing a TV drama about a group of real-life Nazi hunters in 1970s America, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The trade newspaper reported that "The Hunt" is inspired by true events and will focus on a disparate bunch of Nazi hunters "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."

The Hollywood Reporter said the show started being pitched around Los Angeles "following the Charlottesville, Virginia neo-Nazi protest and counterprotest" in August, when President Donald Trump provoked outrage when he said there were "fine people" among the white supremacist protesters.

Peele will executive produce "The Hunt," which is reportedly already drawing interest from several potential bidders.

The actor-director-producer came to promenance for his work with Michael Key on the Comedy Central sketch show "Key and Peele," which ran for five seasons from 2012 to 2015. He reached a new level of fame after writing and directing one of Hollywood's breakout hits of 2017 with the racially centered horror-comedy "Get Out." 

Peele also recently signed up to work with filmmaker Spike Lee on "Black Klansman," a crime thriller about the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Members of the Ku Klux Klan facing counterprotesters as they rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8, 2017.
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Variety reported earlier this month that Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, is in talks to star in the film, about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK in 1978.