Amazon has given the green light to Lorena, a four-part documentary series about the notorious case of spouses Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt, with Jorden Peele (Get Out) attached to executive produce via his Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment.
The docuseries is said to provide a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt, the Virginia woman who in 1993 infamously cut off her husband’s penis with a kitchen knife as he slept, and how one event laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasingly sensationalistic media coverage. In the above photo, Lorena Bobbitt wipes away tears as she listened to her husband testify in her 1994 trial.
Lorena is directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé (Lost for Life).
Per Amazon’s description, “25 years later, Lorena is a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of this infamous American scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.”
Said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted at Amazon Originals: “Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project. Lorena reframes Lorena Bobbitt’s story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse and offers Prime members an exclusive new view into how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong.”
Added Rofé: “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.”
Said Peele: “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 honored to help her tell it.”
Lorena is executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Rofé and Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar and produced by Monkeypaw, Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.