According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project will be about Lorena Bobbitt, the woman who cut off her then-husband John Bobbitt’s penis with a kitchen knife in 1993 after alleging abuse. Peele will executive produce “Lorena” under his Monkeypaw production company, which will be directed by Joshua Rofe and released on Amazon.
“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,” said Peele. “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 honored to help her tell it.”
On Thursday (April 5), the “Get Out” creator shared news about the project on Twitter and some were excited, but others thought it was a strange project for him to spearhead.
“I would think there are more important stories to be told,” one person wrote.
“What a weird choice of subject to make a docuseries about,” tweeted another. “You couldn’t find a more current example of ‘gender dynamics.’”
But Monkeypaw believes that Bobbitt’s story is an important one to tell and said her abuse claims were overshadowed by what she did to her husband.
“Allow us to tell you a story that should’ve been a headline about abuse but turned into a punchline about a victim,” the company tweeted.
Lorena herself will also be part of the project, and the story will be told from her perspective.
In 1994 she was found not guilty for reasons of insanity for the act, and although she’s talked about it some over the years, the docuseries will more than likely reveal a lot of new information.
You can check out some of the reactions to “Lorena” below.
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
I would think there are more important stories to be told.
— The Scruff Post (@ScruffPost) April 5, 2018
Original ideas anyone??? Will never watch this!
— Lisa Clayton (@jzkskye) April 5, 2018
What does “her truth” mean?
— Deviled Egg (@Deviled_Egg_666) April 5, 2018
— Benjamin Fader (@b_fader) April 5, 2018
what a weird choice of subject to make a docuseries about. you couldnt find a more current example of “gender dynamics”?
— JIVE™ (@JiveXXL) April 5, 2018
— KnockOff Nakia (@spelalum) April 5, 2018