The filmmakers behind Netflix's Tiger King are looking at making more episodes of the show, this time about the tiger attack that ended the Siegfried and Roy tiger show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tiger King, which saw 34 million views in the first ten days, quickly became the world's first pandemic pop culture phenomenon.
There are already two competing dramatic projects about the characters in the docuseries planned with Nicolas Cage set to star in one and Kate McKinnon in another. Rob Lowe has reportedly teased another production with Ryan Murphy.
Eric Goode, one of the directors on Tiger King, is also a prominent figure global wildlife philanthropy and started the Turtle Conservancy in 2009 to protect turtles and tortoises.
Dr James Liu, who is the associate director of the Turtle Conservancy, recently contacted THR about getting in touch with former tiger handler for Siegfried and Roy's Las Vegas show, Chris Lawrence – the publication did a profile on him last year about the PTSD he suffered following the infamous tiger attack that left Roy Horn permanently injured.
James revealed he was working with the Tiger King production team, saying they were working on a follow-up episode under the Tiger King name.
He told THR that he wanted to interview Chris about comments made by Siegfried Fischbacher on Good Morning America, where he slammed his former co-worker's profile with the publication.
Roy Horn passed away, aged 75, last week from coronavirus. Siegfried issued a statement following his death saying, "Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend."
"From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world."
Shortly after the release of Tiger King, Eric revealed that he wasn't altogether happy with the tabloid tinge of the show, telling Vanity Fair, "I went into this to explore a different side of the animal world in terms of wild animals in captivity."
“After spending years with these subjects the project moved in a different direction. Netflix is very adept at making binge-worthy television and with these larger-than-life subjects that was pretty easy to do. However, my goal is and has always been the same, which is to raise awareness and help save the species.”
A spokesperson for Eric's production company Goode Films told THR it was “untrue that the direction is going in a more conservational route”.
Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue and Joe Exotic's nemesis, took to her blog shortly after the docuseries' release claiming she was told the show was going to be similar to Blackfish, the documentary that exposed SeaWorld for its treatment of orcas.
Rebecca Chaiklin, who co-directed Tiger King, recently told the Los Angeles Times, "We could have never known when we started this project that it was going to land where it did."
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