Netflix’s Tiger King was a surprise hit across the platform and the reach of the series was so successful that two television projects are in development to be set in the Tiger King world.
One of these projects is a Kate McKinnon-led series about Carole Baskin and the Tiger King himself, Joe Exotic. Titled Joe Exotic, the limited series is now set to air on NBC, Peacock, and USA Network with Etan Frankel (Shameless, Friday Night Lights) writing and executive producing.
Joe Exotic will center on big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin (McKinnon), who learns that Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding cats to make money. Baskin decides to try to shut down his venture, which leads to a rivalry. But it turns out that Baskin has her own secrets and Joe will stop at nothing to expose them.
Tiger King was released on March 20 and the docuseries reached an audience of 34.3 million viewers during its first 10 days on the network.
This is one of two projects set in Tiger King world—CBS Studios and Imagine Television are working on a series based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad with Nicolas Cage set to play the lead.