‘Tiger King’ director not wild about a Hollywood film version, but teases sequel
Expectations are running high for an inevitable scripted version of current binge-watching sensation “Tiger King” — but the creator of the documentary series doesn’t think a Hollywood version is a good idea.
“I felt the documentary series really says it all,” “Tiger King” co-director Eric Goode told Page Six. “It’d be really hard to reenact in a way that would do justice to the story. Sometimes dramatization makes a story better, in this case, I’m not sure that it would.”
Either way, a dramatized version of the same wild tale is in the works: Last year, “SNL” alum Kate McKinnon signed to star in and executive produce a limited series called “Joe Exotic,” based on a Wondery podcast on the same subject matter. It’s being produced by UCP, the TV outfit behind adaptations of podcasts “Homecoming” and “Dirty John.”
Goode said if he had to cast the show’s animal activist character, Carole Baskin, he’d pick McKinnon — or Kathy Bates.
He’d choose Edward Norton or Sam Rockwell as Joe Exotic, he told us. (Norton has been playfully angling for the Exotic role on social media, as have Dax Shepard and Jared Leto.)
Goode, meantime, says he already has footage for a potential second season of the docuseries.
“There are a lot of questions that people would like answered, and we will see if we can answer those. We do have a ton of footage,” he revealed. “We did film [more] after we locked picture. We did film the sentencing [of Joe Exotic] and John [Finlay] with his new teeth.” He said the extra footage was left over because of a tight deadline to get the film to Netflix.
Co-director Rebecca Chaiklin has also said the wild story warrants a possible sequel.
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