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Good entertainment informs and provokes thought, but above all it entertains. We need good TV now more than ever. And it’s extremely hard to think of another world as painstakingly defined, as engrossing, as morally dubious, as wild as this one. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app.

Each character is more outlandish and corrupt than the last. The new scripted show will star Nicolas Cage in the role of Joe Exotic, a move that was previously announced back in May.

'Tiger King' On Netflix Is The Perfect Quarantine Binge-Watch. The series will "explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation," Variety reported.

This will be Cage's first major foray into television acting, according to Variety. Part of HuffPost News. Although Cage will be helping executive produce the series through Saturn Films, it will not be based on Netflix’s hit documentary series, “Tiger King.” Reports state that Cage will star in an eight-episode limited series produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving 22 years in federal prison for wildlife violations and plotting to murder Baskin. With Marcy Bond, Merlin Miller, Steve Oliver, William Smith. It has inspired multiple productions, including an NBC project starring Saturday Night Live member Kate McKinnon as Joe Exotic's rival, Carole Baskin, who also happens to be a star in the upcoming season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Not surprisingly, video streaming numbers have increased since we’ve all started practicing social distancing.

There’s Joe Exotic’s sworn rival, an animal rights activist and eccentric in her own right who says she became friends with cats because she had no friends of her own, and whose second husband disappeared under mysterious circumstances. A release date for the Amazon series is unclear.

Some of us are stuck at home, bored and anxious, and likely developing some cabin fever, and as a result, we need ways to fill our time. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Nicolas Cage has been chosen to star in a scripted series based on the life of Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix's hit show "Tiger King," Variety reported Monday.

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Amazon's TV series will be based on a Texas Monthly article featuring Maldonado-Passage's story that was published in June 2019. Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Social distancing is a different kind of restraint than the life of a caged wild animal that’s killed when it’s no longer lucrative for its owner, or an addiction that forces someone to stay with a partner who acts like a cult leader.

It tells the real-life story of zoo operator Joseph Maldonado-Passage, otherwise known as Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot to take down his rival, as well as for the killing of tigers. There are Joe Exotic’s two husbands, one of whom is interviewed shirtless, speaking slowly as the camera pans over his few remaining teeth.

Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. That project is still seeking a writer, according to Variety. Last year, before the Netflix series was released, Variety reported that Kate McKinnon would star as Carole Baskin in a series based on the Wondery podcast "Joe Exotic." “Game of Thrones” and its complicated hierarchies and political machinations; the bizarre, cult-like courtship patterns and undeniable darkness of “Love is Blind,” the dystopian landscapes of “Black Mirror”?