In 2020 Nicolas Cage signed-on to play Joe Schreibvogel (a.k.a Joe Exotic), the subject of Netflix’s Tiger King in an eight-part series for Imagine Television. However, Cage has now stated that the show is no longer gong forward.
Speaking to Variety, the Oscar-winning actor said:
“We should clear the record. I read two excellent scripts, which I did think were excellent, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become past tense because it took so long for it come together. They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it’s no longer relevant.”
It’s a shame, Cage would have been great in the role – but maybe their right – Joe Exotic is no longer in the zeitgeist.
Another Tiger King drama starring Kate McKinnon, John Cameron Mitchell and Dennis Quaid is currently filming.