The eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. It will be taken to market in the coming days. It is based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.
CBS TV Studios optioned the article in June of 2019. Dan Lagana will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer under his overall deal at CBS TV Studios with Paul Young executive producing via Make Good Content. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey will executive produce for Imagine. Cage will executive produce via Saturn Films. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt will executive produce for Texas Monthly. Imagine’s James Seidman and Natalie Berkus are overseeing the project for the company.
The story centers around Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a Joe Exotic, an eccentric, exotic zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to keep his park even at the risk of losing his sanity. The series will live in the lion’s den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation.
The role marks the first regular television role of Cage’s career. He has long been praised for his film work, having won the Academy Award for best actor for “Leaving Las Vegas” and getting a nomination in the same category for “Adaptation.” He is also known for his starring roles in films like “Moonstruck,” “Raising Arizona,” “Face/Off,” and the “National Treasure” and “Ghost Rider” films. He also recently lent his voice to the Oscar-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” His upcoming films include “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” and “Pig.”
He is repped by WME, Stride Management, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher
Lagana was previously the showrunner on the Emmy-nominated Netflix mockumentary series “American Vandal.” His other credits include the MTV series “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous” and the Hulu series “Deadbeat.” He is repped by Make Good Content and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
This show is the latest project to come out of Imagine and CBS TV Studios’ co-production and co-finance partnership. The partnership already includes “Why Women Kill” at CBS All Access, “68 Whiskey” at Paramount Network, and “Swagger” at Apple.
This is the second announced scripted series about the bizarre world of “Tiger King.” The first scripted series was announced late late year. Kate McKinnon is attached to star in and executive produce a series based on the Wondery podcast “Joe Exotic,” with McKinnon attached to play Carole Baskin. That series hails from Universal Content Productions. According to sources, the studio is still seeking a writer for the project.
The “Tiger King” docuseries dropped on March 20 and quickly became a media sensation. Variety exclusively reported that the series is estimated to have reached an audience of 34.3 million unique viewers in its first 10 days of availability, according to Nielsen data.
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Infamous “Tiger King” sanctuary owner Carole Baskin was lured into an intriguing Zoom interview posted Sunday by a pair of pranksters who led her to believe she was a remote guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The interview video by Brits Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, who claimed to be producers for Fallon, is both intriguing — and hilarious, with a breathless, over-the-top tabloid-esque narration.
“Like ‘Tiger King,’ this is a story of loopholes, lawyers and lies,” Pieters gushes in the video recorded in his London home. The pair had Baskin answering questions they recorded of Fallon asking other celebrity guests in the past.
The duo has successfully pranked other high-profile characters. Earlier this year, they tricked right-wing British media personality Katie Hopkins into flying to Prague to collect a fake C**t award.
This time, they repeatedly reached out to Baskin via emails (which they revealed in the video) from their production company Invisible Objects. But she and her current husband, attorney Howard Baskin, initially turned down the requests. They complained that Netflix’s hit show “Tiger King” had indicated that Baskin was linked to the 1997 disappearance and presumed death (possibly murder) of her first husband, Don Lewis.
Baskin finally agreed to the interview after Pieters and Manners promised that questions would only focus on her work with animals and the sanctuary she runs.
Baskin, wearing a flower crown in the “show,” talked about the struggle caring for her sanctuary’s big cats during lockdown, and pitched a campaign for the bill the Big Cat Public Safety Act. She also shared videos and photographs. Check out the entire video up top.
Baskin couldn’t immediately be reached by HuffPost for comment about the video. But a posted response to the video from Baskin’s YouTube account included a copy of what she said was an email she sent to her daughter and husband after the interview about how suspiciously “weird” it was.
“I couldn’t see Fallon during the interview, and when they had his voice on the questions, they didn’t sound like they were specific to the topic,” the comment noted. “He’d just say things they could have recorded from any other interview. They “didn’t really sound like it was live from him to me,” Baskin wrote.
The “whole thing may have been a spoof,” she added.
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Blackfish” that exposed the maltreatment of aquatic dwellers held captive in SeaWorld, has penned a petition alongside the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Her plea, which has been backed by the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Edie Falco and Iggy Pop, is in support of a federal bill called the Big Cat Public Safety Act.” data-reactid=”21″ type=”text”>Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who directed the eye-opening 2013 documentary “Blackfish” that exposed the maltreatment of aquatic dwellers held captive in SeaWorld, has penned a petition alongside the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Her plea, which has been backed by the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Edie Falco and Iggy Pop, is in support of a federal bill called the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
“Documentaries can be powerful forces for change, sometimes through a call to action and other times simply by telling a story that entertains, creating a window into a world viewers weren’t previously aware of,” Cowperthwaite said in a statement. “But at some point, there is a pivot and the passion of their millions of viewers lands somewhere useful.”
She continued, “‘Tiger King’ and its audience can do that now. The world of big cat captivity requires a call to action, and I’m encouraged that through this partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and support for our petition by the entertainment industry, we may see enough pressure lead to the passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act.”
Joe Exotic and his crew tending to hundreds of exotic animals, interviewing other colorful figures in the world of big cats like Carole Baskin and Doc Antle. There are currently more tigers living in captivity the U.S. than in the wild, and the petition highlights the dangers of keeping these animals in cages. Those actions can forcefully separate newborn cubs from their mothers to drugging tigers to be “compliant and docile,” eventually killing or selling the tigers into pet trade when they are “no longer profitable.”” data-reactid=”29″ type=”text”>“Tiger King” features Joe Exotic and his crew tending to hundreds of exotic animals, interviewing other colorful figures in the world of big cats like Carole Baskin and Doc Antle. There are currently more tigers living in captivity the U.S. than in the wild, and the petition highlights the dangers of keeping these animals in cages. Those actions can forcefully separate newborn cubs from their mothers to drugging tigers to be “compliant and docile,” eventually killing or selling the tigers into pet trade when they are “no longer profitable.”
“Netflix’s docuseries ‘Tiger King’ has become a cultural phenomenon since it was released and has made big cats — and those who abuse them — a popular topic of conversation,” Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells said. “It’s important for us to move beyond