The Tiger King series starring actor Nicolas Cage has found a streaming home at Amazon.
Variety exclusively reported the project was in the works from CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television in May. Amazon Studios has now boarded the project and will produce along with CBS TV Studios and Imagine TV.
The series is is based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad. The story centers around Joe Shreibvogel (Cage), 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 announcement comes weeks after NBC Universal announced plans for a new drama focusing on Exotic’s rival Carole Baskin, who will be portrayed by Kate McKinnon.
Baskin previously said of Cage’s casting: “He is such a favourite actor of mine, and I just don’t know if I can even watch him after seeing that role.”