An incident that made headlines and became “macabre entertainment” 25 years ago is the focus of the new docuseries “Lorena,” which was just greenlighted by Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon describes the project as “a four-part documentary series that reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne Bobbitt and Lorena Bobbitt and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded this event. ‘Lorena’ provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt and how one event laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.”
The series comes from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment, with Peele executive producing and documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofe directing.
“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,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals.
Added Rofe: “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.”
Peele commented: “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.”
The project is executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Rofe and Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar and produced by Monkeypaw, Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.