Admittedly, I was not a huge fan of the Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. I don’t know what it is about the entire saga, the absurdity of the real life tale or the absurdity it has caused on the worldwide public but in a new announcement, I would be willing to oblige on a new miniseries surrounding Joe Exotic. Blame my strange affinity with National Treasure, but if Nicholas Cage is involved, I’m sold.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Cage is set to play Joe Exotic in a new scripted miniseries from American Vandal showrunner Dan Lagana, CBS TV Studios and Imagine Entertainment. In an eight-episode series, the television show won’t follow the Netflix documentary, but a 2019 feature published by Texas Monthly. Titled ‘Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey into the World of a Man Gone Wild’, the article by Leif Reigstad recounts how Joe Schreibvogel built his private zoo in Oklahoma and the character that eventually consumed him.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 4, 2020
The script will reportedly be taken to market by CBS next week for potential buyers.
Cage is already a master of stepping into different and psychologically-centred characters, however this new gig will mark his entry into television. The likes of Matthew McConaughey, David Spade and Margot Robbie – yes, Margot – were all originally rumoured to play the role.
Stay tuned for further details. Our next question is, who will play Carole Baskin?!