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New 'Tiger King' Episode Reportedly Heading To Netflix

New 'Tiger King' Episode Reportedly Heading To Netflix

If there was one overwhelming feeling from finishing Tiger King it was that there was so much more to learn.

It felt as if the seven-part series had barely scratched the surface of the bizarre exotic animal subculture that it spotlighted, with Joe Exotic and company just a drop in the ocean of its quirky cast of characters.

And it seems the Netflix series creators agree: they're working on a new project based on tiger trainer duo Siegfried & Roy.

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn were a German-American entertainer duo who were famous for their hit Las Vegas show where they performed with white lions and white tigers.

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Roy Horn (left) and Siegfried Fischbacher (right) ran a successful tiger entertainment show in Vegas in the 90s (Credit: PA)
Roy Horn (left) and Siegfried Fischbacher (right) ran a successful tiger entertainment show in Vegas in the 90s (Credit: PA)

The show at the Mirage Resort and Casino ran successfully from 1st February 1990 until 3rd October 2003 - the day Horn was mauled by one of his tigers.

As part of the act, but veering off-script, Horn held a microphone to the mouth of the seven-year-old tiger - named Montecore - and told him to say 'hello' to the audience.

The animal responded by biting Horn's sleeve, at which point the trainer swatted the tiger and shouted 'release!'

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Becoming dizzy, Horn tripped and fell on to his back at which point Montecore moved to stand over him. When standby trainers rushed in to help, Montecore bit into Horn's neck and dragged him off-stage.

Horn (pictured) was attacked by a seven-year-old white tiger named Montecore (Credit: PA)
Horn (pictured) was attacked by a seven-year-old white tiger named Montecore (Credit: PA)

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Trainers eventually got the animal to release Horn by spraying him with CO2 fire extinguisher canisters as a final resort.

Horn survived the attack but was left partially paralysed, having had his spine severed as well as losing lots of blood and suffering a stroke.

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Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, the show creators behind Tiger King, are reportedly centring a new project on Siegfried & Roy and Horn's mauling.

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The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, who claimed they received a call from someone claiming to be part of Tiger King's production looking for information on how to reach ex-Siegfried and Roy tiger handler Chris Lawrence.

The outlet had profiled the handler in 2019, who spoke about the 15 year + of PTSD he had suffered after witnessing the 2003 attack, which he had been on stage for.

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According to THR, the source said the follow-up episode will be under the Tiger King name and produced by Goode Films as a "higher-minded corrective" to the original seven-part series and bonus episode.

Roy Horn passed away last week as a result of complications due to coronavirus at the age of 75. It's not yet known if any filming took place prior to his death.

Tyla contacted Netflix who refused to comment.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: tiger king, TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

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Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.