Pacino turns Nazi hunter in TV series debut for Amazon

Al Pacino is starring in ‘Hunters,’ a new show for Amazon Prime that is due to be released on Friday. (AP)
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Updated 20 February 2020

Pacino turns Nazi hunter in TV series debut for Amazon

  • Series is about a band of Nazi hunters in New York in the 1970s
  • ‘It’s like doing like, I think, about a 12-hour film because it is about 12 hours of film’

LONDON: In a screen career spanning more than five decades, it has taken Al Pacino until now to act in a television series.
He is starring in “Hunters,” a new show for Amazon Prime that is due to be released on Friday.
The series, about a band of Nazi hunters in New York in the 1970s, is inspired by a true story — a “love letter” to the show creator’s late grandmother who survived Holocaust.
“I never did this sort of long 10 episodes. So it’s like doing like, I think, about a 12-hour film because it is about 12 hours of film,” Pacino, who turns 80 in April, said.
“This is a crazy story, too, by the way ... Crazy horror, really scary stuff. And also heavy, deep, tragic emotion ... it runs the gamut,” said Pacino, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this month’s Academy Awards for his role in “The Irishman.”
Show creator David Weil said he wanted to tell his grandmother’s story, the experiences during the war that she had told him about as a child.
“At such a young age, they felt like the stuff of comic books and superheroes,” he said.
“The onus is now on us, on the next generation, to continue their story and further their story. And so ‘Hunters’ is really a love letter to her.
“It’s this desire to propel her story forward into this next generation and to educate people on what the Holocaust is and what people went through so that we can try and prevent this from ever happening again.”


Netflix to stream documentary on Saqqara archaeological find in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have announced one of the most dramatic finds in decades after 59 sealed sarcophagi were uncovered from the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, outside Cairo. (AN Photo/Mohamed Mosaad)
Updated 17 October 2020

Netflix to stream documentary on Saqqara archaeological find in Egypt

DUBAI: Netflix is set to release a documentary on the discovery of 59 sealed sarcophagi from the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, outside Cairo.

Archaeologists in Egypt announced one of the most dramatic finds in decades earlier this month and now Netflix has revealed it will stream a documentary on the find, titled “Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb.”

“After unearthing a tomb that had been untouched for 4,400 years, Egyptian archaeologists attempt to decipher the history of the extraordinary find,” the description on Netflix reads.

The mummified remains date back almost 2,500 years, with many more expected to be found in the coming months.

Saqqara, 32 kilometers south of the capital, is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s. Part of the necropolis of Egypt’s ancient city of Memphis, it is famous for its 5,000-year-old Step pyramid of Djoser, which has recently undergone a $10 million restoration.

Directed by James Tovell and produced by Richard Bradley and Caterina Turroni, the documentary will follow the team’s work in the run up to the big find.