Spin-offs, sequels and stars - Netflix's Tiger King has Spawned a Monster

Netflix's Tiger King has been one among the runaway hits of lockdown TV - and its success has unsurprisingly led to a rush to form spin-offs and adaptations.

Spin-offs, sequels and stars - Netflix's Tiger King has Spawned a Monster
Netflix's Tiger King has Spawned a Monster

Netflix's Tiger King has been one among the runaway hits of lockdown TV - and its success has unsurprisingly led to a rush to form spin-offs and adaptations.
The Netflix series tells the astonishing story of the larger-than-life Oklahoma zoo owner Joe Exotic and his rivalry with animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic

Oscar-winning actor Cage will play the infamous, polygamous, gun-wielding Exotic, who is serving 22 years in prison for plotting Baskin's murder.
Cage will star during a new eight-part scripted TV drama, supported a 2019 Texas Monthly article titled Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the planet Of a person Gone Wild, by Leif Reigstad.
No channel or platform has been announced. Cage won an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas in 1996, and this may be his first regular TV role. The series is going to be written by American Vandal showrunner Dan Lagana, consistent with Variety.
That's not the sole drama adaptation within the works - Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Kate McKinnon are thanks to playing Baskin in another limited series.

Her version is going to be supported by a podcast called Joe Exotic: Tiger King, which was made by Wondery and launched in March.

But is there room for both scripted series? If not, which one will make it to air?


Rob Lowe and Ryan Murphy's version?


And it seems other drama adaptations might be on the cards...
Actor Rob Lowe recently posted on Instagram to mention he and illustrious TV guru Ryan Murphy were "developing our version of this insane story".
He even offered an uncanny glimpse of himself as Exotic, holding his dog rather than a tiger.

Or Orlando Bloom or Jared Leto


In fact, there are a couple of Hollywood stars to possess been either linked with a task or tried to urge in on the action.

The Sun claimed Orlando Bloom had been earmarked to star during a big-screen version.

Kevin Bacon recently said he would say yes to starring during a film about Exotic in "a second".

Actors Dax Shepard and Edward Norton even had a Twitter spat (sort of) over which one among them should play him.


And Jared Leto posted a photo of himself with a (fluffy) tiger with the caption #JaredLetoTigerKing.



Exotic himself has suggested a couple of people for the role, including US actor and comedian David Spade, who is obsessed with Tiger King and has interviewed some of the players on YouTube.

The other person Exotic suggested was Brad Pitt. Spade joked: "I see Brad at auditions all the time and it's always tense."

Louis Theroux's close encounter


Nine whole years before the Netflix series, Louis Theroux visited Exotic's zoo for an episode of America's Most Dangerous Pets.

The program was repeated on BBC Two on Sunday, with Theroux giving his thoughts during a tweet-along. lots of news on other channels.


 

Netflix season two?

As well as the dramatic adaptations, there has been speculation about a second Netflix season - but no announcement yet.

The first was such a phenomenon - with 64 million people watching at least some of it in its first month - that it's hard to imagine they won't find a way to bring it back.

"We have a crazy amount of footage and it's a story that's still unfolding," co-director Rebecca Chaiklin told Entertainment Weekly in March.

"We're not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there's a lot that's still unfolding in it, and it'll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years."

They did go on to make a single follow-up episode.

Another factual follow-up
Netflix may not have ordered a follow-up series, but the Investigation Discovery network has.

Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic is described as "the definitive true-crime series" and will delve into his rivalry with Baskin.

"Viewers are understandably riveted by Netflix's Tiger King, but the millions of true crime fans around the world were left wanting more," channel boss Henry Schleiff said.

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