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- Nicolas Cage will portray a fictional version of Joe Exotic for a scripted Tiger King series.
- The show is produced by CBS Studios and comes from the author of Netflix & # 39; American Vandal .
- This is the first television role in Cage's long career.
We should have seen it coming – if someone had ever been perfect to play the most eccentric character in real life, to reach the mainstream public for years, it would have to be Nicolas Cage, right? In the first television role of his career, the actor National Treasure will take on a fictional role from Joe Exotic in a screenplay series based on the Breakout Netflix documentaries Tiger King on a recent report by Variety .
According to the publication, the eight-episode series is based on the article by Texas Monthly from September 2019 and is produced by CBS Television Studios. The show is written by Dan Lagana (known for his work on American Vandal ) and Paul Young as part of a larger deal with the network. Cage will also produce the show through his production company Saturn Films.
The story is said to focus on Exotic (nee Joe Schreibvogel), the zookeeper who loved (and maybe love?) Documentary fans, and his struggle to keep the Greater Wynnewood Zoo so open that he did both loses its mind and its freedom. Variety also reports that the series "will live in the cave with Joe will explore how he became Joe Exotic and how he lost himself in a character of his own creation."
The audience learned Exotic and know the people around him in late March when Tiger King premiered on Netflix. It quickly became one of the top rated shows premiering on the streaming site (an average of 34.3 million viewers in the first ten days ) and remained in the top 10 of the network for the rest of the month. A reunion episode called The Tiger King and I was hosted by Joel McHale and didn't hit Netflix long after.
This would also be the second script series that emerged from the success of the story. Kate McKinnon was also appended to to portray Carole Baskin in a completely different script show based on the same wild story (as opposed to which McKinnon's show is based on the Wondery podcast "Joe Exotic : Tiger King ”).