There Could Be A Second Season Of 'Tiger King'
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We actually can't with Tiger King.
The Netflix docuseries has had us continually gasping at the screen since it landed on the streamer at the weekend, with its many twists, turns and downright bat-sh*t craziness.
Well guess what, guys? It might not be the end of Joe Exotic's story, according to the showrunners.
To catch up those who haven't started yet (you're in for a treat), Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness tells the story of Joseph Maldonado-Passage - aka Joe Exotic - a mulleted, gun-toting, polygamist and prolific big cat breeder who ran a zoo in Oklahoma.
Told through a mix of archival and new footage, we learn about the big cat subculture in America and its key players, focusing on the eccentric Maldonado-Passage who became somewhat of a local celebrity, even unsuccessfully running for state governor and President of the United States.
But dark plots were bubbling under the surface. In January this year, Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years in prison for two murder-for-hire plots against his longtime critic and rival, animal rights activist Carole Baskin, as well as multiple wildlife violations.
It is the events that lead up to this - and the countless conspiracies and twists that pervade the big cat world - that are explored in the bizarre Netflix documentary.
Now, despite the titular character being behind bars, the documentary show runners have hinted there could be a season 2.
"I mean, yes, we have a crazy amount of footage and it's a story that's still unfolding," co-director Rebecca Chaiklin told Entertainment Weekly. "We're not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there's a lot that's still unfolding in it, and it'll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years."
The series offered up so much unanswered conspiracy that could be explored in a second season, while the other big cat park owners - including Doc Antle of Myrtle Beach Safari, ex drug kingpin Mario Tabraue, and new owner of G.W Zoo, Jeff Lowe - deserve series' in their own right.
In fact, Chaiklin previously said that there was so much footage that even she and co-director Eric Goode haven't managed to watch it all.
"We were blessed in this project in having subjects that were obsessed with filming themselves. Narcissism was a common thread, and all of them constantly wanting to be on camera was every filmmaker's dream," Chaiklin told IndieWire.
"Honestly, there was so much archival that we probably, to this day, have not watched every second of it because it was so overwhelming.
Goode added that the directors even have footage captured since they locked (film production speak for stopping filming prior to edit), but says many of the documentary's subjects - Antle and Lowe included - would likely be reluctant to give crews access again.
"We do have footage that we shot since we locked, and maybe it'd be interesting to put that out there in some way," he told the outlet.
"You could keep going. I just think my intellectual curiosity has kind of ended. Most of these people now are not going to continue to give us access. I think it's very clear that this is not a story that we can continue to chronicle with our main characters."
We can only pray they have a change of heart and continue this story. There's SO much we still need to know.
And if you can't wait until then, you can get even more Joe Exotic to keep you entertained via your ears, with the Joe Exotic: Tiger King podcast.
According to Radio Times, it was the podcast which first attracted Tiger King filmmakers to the case and it's currently being re-released in light of the Netflix series' success.
And as if that isn't enough, there's also said to be a limited series in the works, (again) based on the Joe Exotic: Tiger King podcast, by Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon and Universal Content Productions.
First reported last year, McKinnon is reportedly set to play Big Cat Sanctuary owner Carol Baskin in the mini series.
Until then, BBC iPlayer is also streaming a Louis Theroux documentary from nine years ago, America's Most Dangerous Pets, which features Joe Exotic himself.
There's us sorted for the next week.