Since the documentary on Joe Exotic was released last month, things have gone, well – kind of crazy. NME reported that he’ll be asking Donald Trump for presidential pardon from prison, and now there are not one, but two confirmed television series in pre-production. And who’s crazy enough to play the Tiger King himself? There’s only one man for the job…
Nicholas Cage will be playing the controversial former big-cat owner in an 8-part scripted drama based off the 2019 Texas Monthly article, “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into The World of a Man Gone Wild” by Leif Reigstad. Man Gone Wild would actually be a really good title come to think of it – but anyway. It’ll be produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS television, whilst Dan Lagana (showrunner of American Vandal) will be writer, showrunner and executive producer.
There might be a bit of a cat fight (I’m sorry) between who gets their series out first
This is Cage’s first television series, which seems surprising given his legacy already on-screen. From that bee scene in The Wicker Man to the fact he’s literally going to be in a film about himself called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – I sometimes wonder if he’s actually real. Although, as one Metro article headlined it; “Nicholas Cage loves playing wild characters, so he’s ready for Joe Exotic”.
It looks like there might be a bit of a cat fight (I’m sorry) between who gets their series out first, however. Kate McKinnon has already been cast as Carole Baskin in another program based off the Wondery podcast; “Joe Exotic: Tiger King”. But they’re still looking for a writer, and given CBS got actual Nicholas Cage to do their show – they’re really going to have to step up their casting came if they want to be the be the king of the Tiger King shows.
And somehow, I can’t quite see Danny DeVito taking on the role. But never say never, I guess.
Just how good it’s going to end up being is anyone’s guess at this point. Given the different materials they’re working off of, I reckon each show that does end up being released is going to be at least slightly different. One thing’s for sure; we’re all just a little bit obsessed with this. I, for one, at least want to see more of Joe Exotic’s music “career”. But that’s a whole other article…
Last modified: 6th May 2020