If you haven’t seen the Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King’ focusing on the crazy antics of big cat owner Joe Exotic, where have you been? Well, a new scripted series is in the works with Nicolas Cage set to play Exotic for his first-ever TV role.
Based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad, the series will consist of eight episodes and centre around Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a Joe Exotic, an eccentric, exotic zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to keep his park even at the risk of losing his sanity. The series will live in the lion’s den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation.
The series will be produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Dan Lagana will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer with Paul Young on board to executive producing via Make Good Content. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey will executive produce for Imagine. Cage will also executive produce via Saturn Films. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt will executive produce for Texas Monthly.
Cage has recently appeared in films such as ‘Color Out of Space’ and voiced the character of Spider-Man Noir in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. His upcoming films include ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ and ‘Pig.’