Before Tiger King blew up, Louis Theroux met Joe Exotic almost 10 years prior while working on his documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets.
The British documentarian is returning to Oklahoma to investigate how Joseph Maldonado-Passage became the star he is after the Netflix series.
Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic, a working title, will be 90-minutes long and will reflect on unseen footage from his 10-year-old documentary and he’ll meet with the team trying to get Exotic out of prison and those who are closest with him.
“This is one of those quintessentially American stories, taking place in the heartland of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colourful and larger-than-life to be believed. I spent eight or nine days filming at the park back in 2011, over the course of three separate visits. I’d forgotten how much we shot until I went back into the footage during lockdown,” Theroux said.
“It’s extraordinary how much was there. Since then the story just got stranger and bigger, and in going back at the end of last year I uncovered a real-life drama that took me in directions I never could have expected.”