By Hellen Zaboulani
There is a new Prime TV thriller series premiering in 2020. Academy award winner Jordan Peele will be directing a series on Amazon, named ‘Hunters”. Therein, legendary actor Al Pacino will star as an older Jewish man, with a Yiddish accent, hunting Nazis in the U.S., who fled from Germany. As reported by i24 News, the 10-episode series, scheduled for next year, is said to be based on real factual events in New York in the 1970s. A summary for the new show on Amazon’s press statement reads: “Hunters follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.”
As per NME, Pacino will be flanked by actors Logan Lerman from The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother, Kate Mulvany from The Great Gatsby, and more. The show is being co-created by David Weil of Moonfall, serving as executive producer and showrunner. Nikki Toscano is also an executive producer. The theme will be fairly similar to the popular 2009 action comedy movie, “Inglorious Bastards”, which was famously directed by Quentin Tarantino, and starred Brad Pitt.
The upcoming show has already released a teaser, which seems to depict Pacino’s character as a self-righteous ragtag out for vengeance. Pacino, who has won one Oscar, five Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys and a BAFTA, will reportedly star as Meyer Offerman, the mastermind of the mysterious Nazi-assailing group. Lermer will star as the show’s co-lead, Jonah Heidelbaum, who will enter the world of Nazi hunting after his grandmother is killed by a mysterious intruder in their apartment.
It’s unclear if the thriller will paint the group of Hunters as the true villains, bringing out an anti-sematic theme. In a recent interview in the New York Jewish week, Mark Weitzman, an official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, seemed un-enchanted and set out to make clear that the ‘Hunters’ do not represent Wiesenthal. “If Pacino is supposed to be Simon Wiesenthal — that does not come through,” Weitzman told The Jewish Week Media Group. Wiesenthal was a survivor of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria, who worked in Vienna after WWII, leading extensive research that helped to legally prosecute numerous war criminals.
“When David Weil first shared [Hunters] with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved. Its cathartic,” Peele said in the project’s initial statement. “Its noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.” Peele has been awarded with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his film Get Out in 2017 and is lauded for his for his versatility as an actor, comedian, writer, director and producer in a broad range of genres.