As soon as Netflix’s Tiger King true-crime documentary series exploded into popularity, Hollywood began turning the almost impossibly outlandish story of the bombastic Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and their tiger-fueled feuding into a scripted series.

Nicolas Cage is set to star in a scripted series centred on Joe Exotic, the subject of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” according to variety.

The eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. It will be taken to market in the coming days. It is based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.

And now Cage himself — Hollywood’s most over-the-top actor whose work has endlessly spanned the grey area between good, bad, and just plain weird — is set to take on the role of the eccentric Tiger King himself. The currently unnamed show will also mark Cage’s first TV role.

Cage would also be set as an executive producer on the project through his company, Saturn Films.

 

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