The scripted series about “Tiger King’s” Joe Exotic starring Nicolas Cage has been arrange at Amazon for growth, Variety has realized.
Variety solely reported the venture was within the works from CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television in May. Amazon Studios has now boarded the venture and can produce together with CBS TV Studios and Imagine TV.
The series is is predicated on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad. The story facilities round Joe Shreibvogel (Cage), a.okay.a. Joe Exotic, an eccentric unique zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to maintain his park — even at the chance of shedding his sanity. The series will reside within the lion’s den with Joe, discover how he turned Joe Exotic, and the way he misplaced himself to a personality of his personal creation.
CBS TV Studios optioned the article in June of 2019. Dan Lagana will function author, showrunner, and govt producer beneath his total deal at CBS TV Studios with Paul Young govt producing through Make Good Content. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey will govt produce for Imagine. Cage will govt produce through Saturn Films. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt will govt produce for Texas Monthly. Imagine’s James Seidman and Natalie Berkus are overseeing the venture for the corporate.
The function marks the primary common tv function of Cage’s profession. He has lengthy been praised for his movie work, having received the Academy Award for greatest actor for “Leaving Las Vegas” and getting a nomination in the identical class for “Adaptation.” He can also be identified for his starring roles in movies like “Moonstruck,” “Raising Arizona,” “Face/Off,” and the “National Treasure” and “Ghost Rider” movies. He additionally not too long ago lent his voice to the Oscar-winning animated movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” His upcoming movies embrace “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” and “Pig.”
He is repped by WME, Stride Management, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher
Should the venture get ordered to series, it will be the second scripted series set within the “Tiger King” world to take action. It was introduced in August that the untitled series starring Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin has been arrange with a multi-platform series order at NBC, Peacock, and USA Network.