The Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has been roped in to play the role of the infamous zoo owner Joe Exotic. According to a popular magazine, a new project from Dan Lagana of American Vandal fame and Paul Young has been in the making. Nicolas Cage will be leading the project.
According to reports, the scripted series will be based in Texas. It has also been reported that CBS Studios and Imagine Entertainment have come together for the project. It has also been reported that the studio is still looking for a writer for the project.
Tiger King – a new 7-part documentary about big cat owners in the US, murder for hire, polygamy, country music and politics – can be filed alongside Fyre and Abducted in Plain Sight in the category of docs that make you say “WAIT, WHAT?” pic.twitter.com/6Dh5QRiQJs— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) March 10, 2020
Just last year it was announced that the podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King would be made into a television show. Hence, the upcoming miniseries will be the second scripted show based on Joe Exotic. The Netflix docudrama Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness became widely popular amongst the audiences and it has been reported that the show had about 64 million views.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness released on March 20 and has had a successful run ever since. The Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness reportedly shows how the Tiger keeper had criminal underworld links that surrounded him.
It has also been reported that Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live fame is in talks to play Joe Exotic’s rival Carol Baskin. The upcoming scripted series will mark Nicolas Cage’s TV debut. The actor has been a part of some of the most well know projects like National Treasure, Ghost Rider and Con Air. He won the Oscar award in 1996 for his film Leaving Las Vegas.
It has been reported that the upcoming scripted series will be the last project that comes from the CBS and Imagine studio’s co-production and co-financial partnership. The zoo-owner, Joe Exotic is currently in prison, serving a 22 years’ prison sentence. It has been reported that when Joe Exotic was asked who he thinks should play his part he recommended Brad Pitt’s name.
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