‘Nope’-Inspired Docuseries About Black Cowboys Set At Peacock From Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw & UTAS

EXCLUSIVE: Jordan Peele‘ s Monkeypaw Productions is getting back on the documentary horse and is using his movie Nope as inspiration.

The Get Out filmmaker is producing a documentary series that dismantles the whitewashed mythology of the cowboy for Peacock.

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Produced through his Monkeypaw Productions label, Peele is producing the untitled series with Universal Television Alternative Studio as part of his overall deal with Universal Studio Group.

The series is inspired by themes from his movie Nope, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as horse-wrangling siblings attempting to capture evidence of a UFO in Agua Dulce, California.

The docuseries will rewrite a foundational piece of American history, unmasking the forces that erased the identity of the Black cowboy from frontier history and present.

Keith McQuirter, who directed MGM+’s By Whatever Means Necessary: The Godfather of Harlem, will serve as showrunner, director and exec producer.

Peele will exec produce alongside Monkeypaw’s President Win Rosenfeld, SVP, Development and Production Jamal Watson and SVP, Culture and Impact Keisha Senter as well as Liz Yale Marsh, who produced CNN’s Little Richard: I Am Everything and has an overall deal with UTAS, and Sacha Jenkins, exec producer of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.

Peele previously produced four-part docuseries Lorena for Amazon, about the controversial case of John and Lorena Bobbitt.

It is the latest move into documentaries for UTAS, which produced LA Fire & Rescue from Dick Wolf and is behind upcoming NBC wildlife series The Americas.

“Nope gave a nod to the deep history of Black cowboys in America, and this docuseries offers a full exploration of their lives and contributions to today’s cultural landscape,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. “Told through the singular lens of Jordan Peele, this series is every bit as entertaining as it is enriching. It’s been a thrill for UTAS to collaborate with Jordan, Monkeypaw, Keith and the team on what is a truly special project, and we’re excited to share it with fans.”

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