Everyone wants to be in the Jordan Peele business, including Amazon. The Get Out director and budding Hollywood mogul has just signed a deal with the streaming giant to produce a docuseries about the infamous 1993 scandal involving Lorena Bobbitt and her husband John Wayne.
If you’re of a certain age, those names instantly conjure up the ludicrous and disturbing image of a woman so scorned that she cuts off her husband’s penis using a kitchen knife before ditching it in a nearby field. That is what Lorena did to her husband after claiming he had raped her earlier in the evening, igniting a full-blown media frenzy in an age before social media made those a daily occurrence.
Peele’s four-part series is simply called Lorena, indicating that it will be told specifically from her perspective, rather than providing a bird’s eye view of the entire incident. And indeed, a press release confirms that Peele and director Joshua Rofé not only have the full cooperation of Bobbit herself, but plan to use this story as a way to grapple with abuse and gender dynamics at a moment when those topics are at the forefront of the cultural conversation.
“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,” Peele said in a statement. “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 Bobbitt, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, has kept a relatively low profile since the ensuing trial, appearing on television several times over the years to tell her side of the story. But it’s clear that television interviews only scratched the surface of the complex factors that lead her to such drastic actions, and that both Peele and his collaborators feel there’s much more of this story. We’ll find out soon enough.