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Al Pacino leads a diverse group of Nazi hunters in the first trailer for the Jordan Peele-produced Amazon series Hunters. He rose to fame as one half of the sketch comedy duo Key and Peele, but Peele has now left his comedy life far behind to embark on a career as a writer, director and producer of films and TV shows that range all over the place when it comes to genre.
Of course, horror is still the main genre associated with Peele thanks to his directorial efforts Get Out and Us, the former of which earned Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Having established himself as a formidable force in directing, Peele began branching out into television starting with 2019’s Twilight Zone revival on CBS All Access. Peele will also act as executive producer on the upcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country, a 1950s-set story influenced by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft but concerning a young African-American boy traveling across the country in search of his missing father. Peele is also a producer on Amazon’s Hunters, a 70s-set drama about a band of Nazi hunters out to stop the creation of The Fourth Reich.
Hunters sees Peele teaming up with Pacino, who produces and stars in the 10-episode series. Pacino indeed figures prominently in the first teaser trailer for the show, just revealed by Amazon Prime Video. See the trailer in the space below:
The official synopsis for the series reads:
Inspired by true events, HUNTERS follows a diverse band of Nazi Hunters in 1977 New York City who discover that hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in America. And so, they do what any bad-ass vigilante squad would do: they set out on a bloody quest for revenge and justice. But they soon discover a far-reaching conspiracy and must race against time to thwart the Nazis’ new genocidal plans.
Though the synopsis promises that Hunters is “inspired by true events,” it seems evident from the snippets of action in the trailer that some liberties have been taken with this particular version of the story. Indeed, there’s a little bit of a Quentin Tarantino flavor to the whole thing, which hints that Hunters may take its cues from Tarantino’s revisionist historical films Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (in other words, audiences should not expect the show to stick to the facts).
Of course, there have been genuine Nazi hunters throughout the decades since World War II, and their exploits have been made into some memorable works of fiction. With its compelling Pacino voice-over, the Hunters trailer promises that the show will do justice to the spirit of those who laid everything on the line in order to bring escaped Nazis to justice, even if the tone of the series trends toward over-the-top, perhaps even exploitation-like action rather than straight-laced docudrama.
Hunters is set to hit Amazon Prime Video in 2020.
Source: Amazon Prime Video