One of the most important signs that we’re approaching the Peak TV bubble is the number of upstart streaming companies making the same down show. Variety is reporting that Amazon is looking forward to launching its own series focusing on the lurid exploits of the Tiger King, Joe Exotic. Nicolas Cage has signed on to star as Exotic, and is currently in construction at Amazon with CBS TV and imagine. Sure, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the only reason anyone’s talking about Exotic is thanks to a Netflix series that went life in March.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness was a breakout hit for Netflix, and the company says more than 63 million people saw it in its first month of the platform. The joining of the to-mad-to-be-true plot, the grisly and violent subject matter, and the fact everyone was involved in the COVID-19 lockdown meant that it was uniquely-placed to be successful.
Joe Exotic has been the topic of many gawking exposes examining the more extravagant parts of his life, and lifestyle. The Amazon series is solely on a Texas Monthly article published in June 2019, documenting Exotic’s private zoo and subsequent arrest. However, it seems it will also be competing with another Tiger King adaptation which is being produced bat Peacock, NBC’s personal streaming service.