EXCLUSIVE: Al Pacino is nearing a deal to make his episodic television debut. He’s committing to a 10-episode season of Amazon’s The Hunt, a vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series executive produced by Oscar-winning Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele. The project, produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment, was created by David Weil (Moonfall), who will write and executive produce. Nikki Toscano executive produces and co-showruns with Weil. The Current War‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to direct.
Pacino will star with Logan Lerman, who was previously cast. Pacino’s deal should be done this week and he’ll become the latest movie star to line up for a series. He has played real people in the telepics Paterno about the Penn State head football coach, Phil Spector about the music producer convicted of murder, the Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don’t Know Jack, and portraying Roy Cohn in Angels In America. He won Emmys for the latter two performances.
The Hunt 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.
Lerman plays Jonah Heidelbaum, who, when his grandmother is slain by a mysterious intruder in their apartment, sets out to track the culprit — only to find himself swept up in the mysterious organization known as The Hunt, a group of justice-seeking individuals dedicated to rooting out the Nazi murderers living in the U.S. under assumed identities. Pacino will play the Nazi hunter who mentors him.
Based on an original idea, drawing from real-life events, The Hunt originated as a hot drama series spec, which was taken out to the premium marketplace by Sonar Entertainment last fall, garnering interest from multiple buyers. The company had been in discussion with another network when Amazon recently stepped up and secured the project. It received a straight-to-series 10-episode order in May.
Pacino is repped by CAA.