Louis Theroux Is Making Another Tiger King Documentary
The UK filmmaker is doing a follow-up to his 2011 doc on Joe Exotic
Published Mar 17, 2021Long before Netflix got its claws into Tiger King, Louis Theroux explored the world of Joe Exotic and the exotic animal trade. Now, the British documentary hero is heading back into the world of big cats with a new BBC doc.
Theroux has announced he will do a follow-up feature to his wild 2011 doc American's Most Dangerous Pets, which prominently featured Joe Exotic and others from Tiger King. The film will be produced by Theroux's production outfit Mindhouse Productions, and at this point, it has the working title of Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic.
The film promises to show unseen archival footage that Theroux captured during his decades-old documentary, in addition to newly filmed segments where he meets the team currently trying to get Exotic out of prison, as well as others close to the Tiger King. Apparently, some of the interviewees have never before spoken on camera.
"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," Theroux said in a statement. "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."
So far, the upcoming BBC doc has yet to get a release date, but it will follow Theroux's pretty great retrospective series Life on the Edge, which arrived last year and was done during lockdown.