Lorena Bobbitt Doc

(Above: Jordan Peele, executive producer of the upcoming Amazon series ‘Lorena,’ winning the best director Oscar for ‘Get Out’)

Hollywood continues to revisit tabloid headlines from the 1990s.

Recently three different programs have dealt with the O.J. Simpson case, including Fox’s airing of the 2006 interview O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? last month.

Then, just in time for this year’s Oscar season, came I Tonya, the biopic about Tonya Harding and the infamous knee-capping of her ice-skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. Allison Janney nabbed an Oscar for her portrayal of Tonya’s chain-smoking stage mother LaVona.

Now Amazon has greenlit Lorena, a four-part documentary about John and Lorena Bobbitt, a story involving allegations of rape, physical abuse and revenge mutilation that fed sensationalistic media coverage and late-night monologues.

“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 Joshua Rofé, who will direct.

“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 Jordan Peele, executive producer. “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.”

Peele’s company, Monkeypaw, will produce, along with Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.

Amazon did not announce a release date.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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