Blog entry by Alessia Martine
If the reports of Variety are to be believed, Tiger King’s Joe Exotic will have a scripted series based on his life created at Amazon which will star Nicolas Cage in the lead role.
The Variety was first to exclusively report in May that the project was in development under the banner of Imagine Television and CBS Television Studios. Now, a team from Variety also reports that apparently Amazon has also arrived on the scene and will work alongside CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television in production of the show.
According to the report, the story of the series will be based on an article published in Texas monthly titled “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey into the World of a Man Gone Wild” which was penned by Leif Reigstad. The story will follow Joe Shreibvogel (played by Nicolas Cage) commonly known as the Joe Exotic, a strange and brave zookeeper in Oklahoma who struggles to keep his zoo putting his sanity on the line. The series will prod deep in Joe’s life, revealing why he became an insane Joe Exotic, and how he slowly lost his own identity.
CBS TV Studios bought the rights of the article back in June 2019.
There are a lot of executive producers who will work alongside each other in order to make the series a successful venture. Dan Lagana has been roped in to serve as a writer, showrunner, and executive producer based on a deal that he has signed with CBS TV Studios. Paul Young will represent Make Good Content as an executive producer. Actor and star of the show Nicolas Cage will also be an executive producer on the show through Saturn films. Texas Monthly has sent Scott Brown and Megan Creydt as executive producers. From Imagine Television’s side, James Seidman and Natalie Berkus will supervise the development of the project.
Ghost Rider actor Nicolas Cage is a well-established name in the film industry, but this will be his first venture as an actor at a TV platform. He is an Academy Award winner, bestowed upon him for his work in the film “Leaving Las Vegas.” He also won an Academy Award nomination in the same category for “Adaptation.” His other works include Marvel films “Ghost Rider” and its sequel “Ghost Rider: Vengeance”, “Moonstruck”, “Raising Arizona”, “Face/Off”, and “National Treasure.” His most recent venture is being the voiceover in megahit Marvel animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.”
His future looks promising with films like “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” and horror flick “Pig” waiting in line.
The Ghost Rider actor is represented by Stride management, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson, Christopher, and WME.
There is already a Netflix show on “Tiger King” and should the series make its way to the TV screen; it will be the second written series to do so. It was revealed in the month of August that an untitled series with Kare McKinnon in the lead role as Carol Baskin is under development which will eventually be released on multiple platforms-NBC, Peacock, and USA Network.
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