Jordan Peele, who took home an Oscar for tackling racism in his 2017 psychological thriller Get Out, is now set to take on domestic violence in a new docuseries all about Lorena Bobbit.
Amazon says the director, writer and comedian will produce the show, which aims to challenge a "long-held narrative" surrounding the woman who cut off her husband's penis while he slept.
Lorena chopped off John Wayne Bobbitt's ding dong at their home in Manassas, Virginia in the early 1990s but was found not guilty by reason of insanity, after having argued that he had abused her.
She had told a court she had been raped by her ex-Marine husband when he returned home from a night of drinking - and was subsequently cleared by a jury of the malicious wounding.
For the 90's babies who don't know, Lorena Bobbitt was a woman who cut off her husbands dick. At the time it was speculated of cheating but it was actually because he was physically abusing her. She was aquitted due to insanity plea.— Thorgeous (@Crislex) April 5, 2018
Peele, who won 'Best Original Screenplay' at the 2018 Academy Awards, said: "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 honoured to help her tell it," he told the Press Association.
A rape victim smeared by the entirety of media and pop culture landscape for decades. This is long overdue https://t.co/ayOlz4XTi0— America'sMorgan (@MorganPielli) April 5, 2018
Amazon says the "groundbreaking re-investigation" into Lorena will be a four-part documentary series on how the shocking event was 'sensationalised' in the media – in an era of 24-hour news:
"Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America"
"Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project," adds Heather Schuster, head of unscripted for Amazon Originals.
She told Variety the show reframes Lorena Bobbitt's story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse, giving a new view into "how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong."
Allow us to tell you a story that should've been a headline about abuse, but turned into a punchline about a victim. https://t.co/APfGT6KAAG— Monkeypaw Productions (@Monkeypaw) April 5, 2018
The series, titled Lorena, will be directed by Joshua Rofe, the producer behind Lost for Life, a hard-hitting documentary about youngsters serving life in prison.
It does not yet have a release date.