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Louis Theroux Announces He's Doing A New Tiger King Documentary

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Louis Theroux Announces He's Doing A New Tiger King Documentary

There's no denying Joe Exotic took over the social conversation of the world for a couple of months in 2020.

It was all anyone could talk about after Netflix aired its docuseries on the former zoo operator and convicted felon.

But if you're itching to find out more about the Tiger King then you're in luck.

Louis Theroux has officially announced his next project and, for the first time since 2019, he is returning to America.

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The documentary, titled Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic, will reunite Joe and Louis for the first time in years.

Joe Exotic was featured in the infamous Netflix docu-series Tiger King (Credit: Netflix)
Joe Exotic was featured in the infamous Netflix docu-series Tiger King (Credit: Netflix)

The pair first met a decade ago when Louis was making his documentary America's Most Dangerous Pets.

Now, Louis is returning to Oklahoma to explore what has happened in the 10 years since, with Joe now residing in a federal prison.

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In case you let Tiger King pass you by, Joe was previously found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot and multiple animal cruelty charges.

In a rather unusual twist of events, he became a media phenomenon with a well-funded campaign team who were attempting to win him a last minute presidential pardon from Donald Trump.

Joe is currently serving a sentence in federal prison (Credit: BBC)
Joe is currently serving a sentence in federal prison (Credit: BBC)

Louis will look back at his documentary from 10 years ago and reflect on hours of unseen footage.

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As he tries to investigate what has happened in the intervening years, he will meet old friends from his original documentary, the team trying to get him out of prison and those closest to Joe who have never spoken before.

Discussing his latest venture, Louis explained: "This is one of those quintessentially American stories, taking place in the heartland of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colourful and larger-than-life to be believed.

Louis Theroux and Joe Exotic in America's Most Dangerous Pets back in 2011 (Credit: BBC/Netflix)
Louis Theroux and Joe Exotic in America's Most Dangerous Pets back in 2011 (Credit: BBC/Netflix)

"I spent eight or nine days filming at the park back in 2011, over the course of three separate visits. I'd forgotten how much we shot until I went back into the footage during lockdown. It's extraordinary how much was there.

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"Since then the story just got stranger and bigger, and in going back at the end of last year I uncovered a real-life drama that took me in directions I never could have expected."

Netflix's true crime docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness focused on the deeply connected society of big cat conversationalists and featured Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue.

The docu-series proved to be so popular that a scripted limited series is currently in development at the American network NBC.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: tiger king, Entertainment, TV and Film, BBC, TV News, louis theroux, Documentary

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