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.
Nicolas Cage is headed to television — playing #JoeExotic, the subject of Netflix's breakout docuseries #TigerKing https://t.co/87VZFXSwEg
— 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?!