Good news for viewers who binged all seven episodes ofand want more. The filmmakers, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, say they have enough footage for a follow-up. Plus, there’s a podcast about Joe Exotic and his big-cat universe, as well as a planned miniseries starring Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon and now a true-crime show on the way.
The hit Netflix series (spoilers ahead) focuses on Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, and his Oklahoma exotic-animal park. It starts off genially loopy, with mullet-sporting Joe marrying two men at the same time in a hot-pink wedding, before exploding into a stormy feud between Joe and Carole Baskin, the owner of a big-cat sanctuary — leading to a murder-for-hire plot. The constantly amped-up craziness of each episode has provided a much needed distraction for many amid the global outbreak.
But if you’ve seen the whole thing and have a cat-scratch fever for more, take heart: There may be more big catitude to come. Here are five ways you can get more Tiger King.
Hope for season 2 of the Netflix series
The seven Netflix episodes end with Joe Exotic himself behind bars in federal prison for plotting to kill his rival, Baskin. He’s still there, though the colorful characters who surrounded Joe are scattered to the wind —. But the story’s not over.
“We have a crazy amount of footage and it’s a story that’s still unfolding,” director Rebecca Chaiklin told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there’s a lot that’s still unfolding in it and it’ll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years.”
Chaiklin didn’t specify whether there’s be enough material for a full second season — or perhaps just an additional episode or two — and a representative for Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But on April 4, baseball player Justin Turnersent to him by Tiger King’s Jeff Lowe, who ended up owning Joe’s animal park.
“Netflix is adding one more episode that will be on next week,” Lowe told Turner in the video. “We’re filming here tomorrow.”
Await the true-crime show
Joe Exotic and his universe are too bizarre to be limited to only one TV show. The Investigation Discovery network announced April 6 that another Joe show is in the works. ID’s program, Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, promises to delve into secrets about the pasts of Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Jeff Lowe and Doc Antle, featuring exclusive footage that’s never been shown.
The show also promises to dig in to whether Baskin is responsible for the 1997 disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis. Joe Exotic repeatedly claimed this in the show, and Baskin has publicly denied any knowledge of what happened to Lewis. A representative for ID said the show will be a limited series, and while there’s no exact date, the network says it will premiere sometime in 2020.
Listen to the podcast
The Netflix filmmakers weren’t the only ones working for years to tell this fascinating and bizarre story. You can listen to a podcast on the same topic. The second season of Wondery’s Over My Dead Body podcast is titled Joe Exotic: Tiger King and written, narrated and reported by Robert Moor, who worked for years on the podcast. (Don’t miss Moor’s New York magazine article on Joe from September 2019, too.)
Unlike the Netflix series, the podcast is still delivering fresh content. New episodes come out on Tuesday, and the podcast is also sharing bonus episodes, featuring interviews with members of the Joe universe, including Baskin and Joe’s former romantic partner John Finlay.
Help cast the miniseries
Because a hit entertainment series can spread to other media as quickly as a tiger can jump on a pair of cologne-soaked shoes, the podcast has been optioned by NBC Universal to be made into a miniseries. So far, the only cast member announced is Saturday Night Live comedian Kate McKinnon, who’ll play Baskin as well as serve as an executive producer. A representative for McKinnon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Moor told Andy Cohen that he’d love to see Margot Robbie play Joe Exotic in a gender-switch role. “Look at her eyes, she has eyes that look just like Joe’s,” he says. “I think she’d do a great job with it.” Moor said he’d like to see John C. Reilly as Doc Antle, the founder of a South Carolina wildlife preserve who also plays a role in the podcast and Netflix show. Moor invited listeners to tweet cast suggestions to him, and CNET’s Bonnie Burton .
Watch David Spade’s videos
Actor David Spade has fallen down the Joe Exotic rabbit hole and conducted a number of video interviews with people who appeared in the show. Until that possible second season or additional episode comes along, Spade’s videos are almost like short bonus episodes and a Tiger King fan should definitely check them out.
So far, Spade has interviewed Joe’s ex-partner John Finlay; former zoo manager John Reinke; Jeff Lowe, who took over the animal park; and former park employee Kelci “Saff” Saffery. Spade’s not only a fan, he keeps getting suggested as a cast member for the Joe Exotic miniseries. Besides, his role as Joe Dirt in the 2001 comedy proved the man knows his way around a mullet.
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