, timing is everything, which is why Nicolas Cage
has stated that he will not be reprising his role as Joe Exotic
In a Tuesday interview
, the “Leaving Las Vegas
” actor revealed that his plans to play the “Tiger King
” in an Amazon
series had been canceled because producers felt that interest in the true-crime case had “faded.”
“We should clear the record,” Cage said to Variety
. “I read two excellent scripts, which I did think were excellent, but I think Amazon ultimately felt it was material that had become past tense because it took so long to come together.”
“They thought it was lightning in a bottle
at one point,” he continued, “but that point has since faded into the distance and it is no longer relevant.”
In an email to Stardia, an Amazon representative confirmed that the project is no longer in development.
Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage
, is serving a 22-year prison
sentence for plotting to murder
longtime rival and animal rights activist Carole Baskin
, as well as violating federal wildlife
laws. Global interest in the former zookeeper's case skyrocketed last year following the release of the Netflix documentary
series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness."
According to reports, the Amazon project would have been an eight-episode series written by Dan Lagana, whose credits include Netflix's "American Vandal." The show was to be based on a 2019 Texas
Monthly article, "Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild," rather than a direct adaptation of the Netflix series.
Cage's casting was announced in May 2020, and it drew a lot of attention because it would have been the Oscar winner's first-ever television
series role. The actor is currently receiving praise for his performance in Michael Sarnoski's thriller "Pig," which opens in theaters on Friday.
a limited series based on Exotic's case, with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" actor John Cameron Mitchell in the lead role, and Kate McKinnon
and Kyle MacLachlan playing Carole and Howard Baskin.