‘Hunters’ Creator Says We’re Currently Facing ‘an Epidemic of Anti-Semitism’ Not ‘Seen in Decades’

TCA 2020: Amazon series follows Al Pacino and Logan Lerman as Nazi hunters in 1970s New York City

Al Pacino in 'Hunters'

“Hunters” may be set in 1970s New York City, but the message of the upcoming Amazon Nazi-hunting series is about as timely as it gets.

“We’re facing an epidemic of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia — the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades,” creator David Weil said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “So this show is really a question. It’s: ‘What do you do?’”

“For this show about a group of vigilantes who try and reclaim the power, the question the show poses is: ‘If you hunt monsters, do you risk becoming a monster yourself?’” Weil continued. “I think that’s very timely, I think it’s a question we should all be asking ourselves in this day and age.”

“Hunters” follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

Weil, whose grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, says he came up with the series as a sort of comic book-inspired superhero revenge fantasy.

Watch the “Hunters” trailer here.

“Hunters” stars Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Greg Austin, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker and Lena Olin.

The series is produced by Amazon Studios, Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment. Weil is co-showrunner alongside Nikki Toscano. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed the pilot and is another executive producer. The streaming show is also executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld from Monkeypaw Productions, as well as Nelson McCormick and Tom Lesinski.

“Hunters” premieres Feb. 21 on Amazon Prime Video.