LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Joe Exotic phenomenon keeps growing, with Nicolas Cage to star in a TV miniseries about the colorful wild animal owner made famous by the â€œTiger Kingâ€ docuseries.
The TV series is the first for Cage, who has played a range of characters in movies including â€œLeaving Las Vegas,â€ for which he won an Oscar, â€œMoonstruckâ€ and â€œNational Treasure.â€
Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios are among the producers of the limited, eight-part project.
It will explore how Joe Shreibvogel became Joe Exotic and detail his effort to keep his Oklahoma zoo open â€œeven at the risk of losing his sanity,â€ the producers said in a statement Monday. It’s based on the Texas Monthly magazine article â€œJoe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wildâ€ by Leif Reigstad.
Dan Laguna, who with producer Paul Young optioned the article, will write and executive produce the series, which will be seeking a distribution deal soon, producers said.
Netflix’s â€œTiger Kingâ€ has made Joe Exotic an object of fascination and controversy. He is now known as Joseph Maldonado-Passage and is serving a federal prison sentence for his conviction in a murder-for-hire plot and for animal abuse.