Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, turned out to be the blockbusting hit during this quarantine caused by coronavirus pandemic. The miniseries is now the subject of various Internet contents and memes—thus making this true-crime docuseries more popular.
The unexpected success has provoked various filmmakers to create more adaptations and spin-off based on the infamous zoo owner, Joe Exotic. The latest reports claim that popular Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage is set to portray polygamous zookeeper Joe Exotic in an upcoming scripted series.
The eight-part scripted series will be based on the Texas Monthly article that was released last year and written by Leif Reigstad, titled Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey into the World of a Man Gone Wild. After the announcement of Cage as a gun-wielding zookeeper, it was reported that CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios will produce the television series.
Dan Lagana will serve as the showrunner for the series and will also write and executive produce the series. The proposed series centers on the life of a Joe Schreibvogel (also Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage) who self-claimed to be the most prolific breeder of tigers in the US. The show will tell the story from being Exotic to ultimately lose his sanity and being jailed for plotting to kill big cat-rights activist, Carole Baskin.
The upcoming show will mark the first-ever regular TV role for Nicolas Cage. Nicolas Cage has received praise for his work as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in 1995’s romantic-drama titled Leaving Las Vegas, for which he garnered an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award. Cage recently appeared in action-thriller Grand Isle, which was directed by Stephen Campanelli. He has provided the voice for Grug Crood in the upcoming sequel of 2013’s Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods.
The series starring Nicolas Cage isn’t the only one proposed to release based on the Joe Exotic. Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live) will portray the big cat conservationists, Carole Baskin, in another drama adaptation.