While the story of Joe Exotic on Netflix‘s docuseries Tiger King is wild enough standing on its own, Nicolas Cage is going to make the show’s story a little more out there with a newly announced scripted series he’ll be starring in.
According to Variety, an eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios centred on Exotic.
The series is reportedly being “taken to market in the coming days” and will be based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.
The crew for the series is as follows. Dan Lagana will be a writer, showrunner and executive producer and Paul Young is executive producing via Make Good Content. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey will also be executive producers. Nicolas Cage will executive produce representing Saturn Films. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt will executive produce for Texas Monthly. Lastly, Imagine’s James Seidman and Natalie Berkus are overseeing the entire series.
The story for the show is revolving around Joe Schreibvogel (Joe Exotic) and focuses in on how he became who he is, lost himself in the character and the fight to keep his exotic animal zoo.
This is also marking the first time Nicolas Cage has ever had a regular television role.
The new show won’t be the first scripted series about Joe Exotic though. The first was announced last year with Kate McKinnon playing the role of Carole Baskin. It’s basing itself off of the Wondery podcast “Joe Exotic,” but Universal Content Productions is still searching for a writer.
Ever since the Tiger King series arrived on Netflix, it’s become a massive hit. Variety ended up reporting that the series has reached roughly 34.3 million individual viewers in its first 10 days, according to Nielsen data.
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