In what sounded like a fever dream, there was a… tiger king TV series starring Nicolas Cage. The actor would star as the infamous Joe Exotic, and fans were amazed but also intrigued.
Unfortunately for some, this may no longer be an opportunity. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Amazon has scrapped the project and will no longer continue production. THR does note that “CBS Studios will likely take the project to other outlets.”
Producers saw the show as an eight-episode limited series and would drive into the world of Joe Exotic. The script series, based on the 2020 Netflix docuseries, would focus on Nic Cage’s Joe as “he fights to keep his zoo even at the risk of losing his sanity.”
Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness was a huge success in 2020, which came out around the start of the pandemic. It followed Joe Exotic as he argued about his zoo with Carole Baskin and Jeff Lowe. According to Nielsen ratings, the series was viewed by 34.3 million people in its first ten days of release.
The reason this project has lost interest from Amazon is obvious. THR notes that interest “had declined and tiger king no longer relevant.” There’s no shock to that statement, as the docuseries had its moment, but has lost its momentum after its dynamic takeoff. Although everyone is interested in seeing a tiger king series, one more is in the works. Peacock is in production for his take on the story, which will star Kate McKinnon as Baskin and John Cameron Mitchell starring Joe Exotic.