Will Netflix's Tiger King be made into a movie?
A movie inspired by the viral Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is reportedly in the works.
Tiger King immediately became a smash hit when it was released to Netflix on 20 March, 2020. The docuseries consists of cults, murder-for-hire, and an unbelievable cast of unforgettable characters.
Producers at 20th Century Fox are in the early stages of planning a movie based on the shocking show, which centres on eccentric zookeeper Joe 'Exotic' Maldonado-Passage and his feuds with other big-cat park owners in the US.
A movie insider said: “The popularity of the series has been unprecedented and they think a film about it could be even more dramatic.
“The film could shed light on some details behind the scenes that were not shown in the Netflix series.”
Tiger King directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaikin claim to have recently spoken to Joe Exotic in prison, where he said he thought Brad Pitt or David Spade would be best suited to the role.
When asked for his opinion of playing Joe Exotic in an upcoming movie on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, David Spade said: 'I don't know. It depends. There's [my talk] show and there's getting time off and all that,'
'Joe Exotic said me or Brad Pitt. I see Brad Pitt at auditions all the time and it's always tense…But I think Joe is a little too squirrely for Brad that might be wishful thinking because Brad is so studly.' the 55-year-old sarcastic stand-up added.
Footloose star Kevin Bacon is favoured by PaddyPower to take on the part of the gun-toting openly gay polygamist – who's serving a 22-year prison sentence for a murder-for-hire plot among other crimes.
Joe's ex-husband John Finlay also had his say.
When asked who he would like to be portrayed by, John said: “Either Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum.”
The film wouldn’t be the first spin-off, as a TV series is already in development in the US focusing on Joe’s adversary, animal rights activist Carole Baskin, who will be played by Ghostbusters actress Kate McKinnon.
Netflix announced on Twitter earlier this week that there will be a bonus episode of Tiger King coming to their platform soon.
The streaming service tweeted: "The Tiger King and I — a Tiger King after show hosted by Joel McHale and featuring brand new interviews with John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe — will premiere April 12"
The entire of Tiger King is available to watch on Netflix now.
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