Louis Theroux is the king of documentaries. We couldn’t be more excited to hear he’s doing a Tiger King documentary.
It’s not known when it will air, but you can be sure we’ll be refreshing social media until it’s announced.
Joe Exotic and his bizarre tales hit our screens a year ago. It feels like a lot longer – but we promise it’s only been a year. The Tiger King has barely been out of the headlines since, after the Netflix show introduced us to Joe, his love triangles and of course, Carole Baskin.
Fans always felt like the series only scratched the surface, after all, there was just so much going on. It was hard to keep track or believe that this was real life.
Enter Louis Theroux. He’s handled some of the most difficult subjects over his career, so if anyone can get to the bottom of this frankly bizarre tale it’s him.
Theroux has officially announced his next project. He’s returning to America for the first time since 2019, for Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic.
Revisiting Joe Exotic
He’s promising a new feature-length documentary. However, this isn’t the first time Louis has met Joe.
They first met 10 years ago, as part of Louis’ documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets. He’s returning to Oklahoma to unpick what has happened over the decade.
Joe is currently in prison.
As a part of the new show, Louis says he will take another look at his original documentary and go through masses of unseen footage. He wants to get to the bottom of who Joe Exotic really is, speaking to old friends from the past, Joe’s prison support team as well as those nearest and dearest to Joe.
Louis explains: “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.”
He adds: “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.
“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.”
Clare Sillery, the BBC’s head of commissioning, documentaries, history and religion says: “In this follow-up to Louis’ revelatory first-look at the life of Joe Exotic in America’s Most Dangerous Pets, viewers will be taken even more deeply into the weird world of one of America’s most notorious figures.”
“This feature-length special will be full to the brim with never-before-seen footage and brand new interviews with those on all sides of the Joe Exotic story.”
Tiger King Chaos
In case you somehow missed Tiger King, Joe Exotic was found guilty of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for tampering and falsifying wildlife records, plus nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act for killing tigers. He was sentenced to 22 years behind bars. His murder plot focused on Carole Baskin, his big-cat rival.
He also spread rumours claiming Carole had murdered her missing husband.
Joe has now been all over the headlines after some outrageous campaign techniques. He appealed to Kim Kardashian to get Donald Trump to pardon him. Joe claims he was “too gay” to be pardoned.
Who can forget that massive limo that Joe’s team parked outside of the prison? They were so convinced that Joe would be pardoned, but it didn’t happen. His team had planned out a whole host of pampering and treats for Joe.
He also recently lashed out at his young husband on Twitter, saying he felt neglected.
Will you be watching?