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Joe Exotic murder-for-hire case to be chronicled in Netflix docuseries 'Tiger King'

Joe Maldonado works with Boco, the male Li-Liger at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Wynnewood, Okla. [The Oklahoman Archives]
Joe Maldonado works with Boco, the male Li-Liger at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Wynnewood, Okla. [The Oklahoman Archives]

Netflix has announced a new docuseries called "Tiger King" that will chronicle the bizarre life and murder-for-hire trial of Joe Exotic, the former Oklahoma zoo operator, big-cat breeder and gubernatorial and presidential candidate.

According to the announcement on the streaming giant's See What's Next Twitter account, the "Tiger King" series will premiere March 20. 


As The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay reported Joe Exotic - whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, but he is also known as Joe Schreibvogel - was sentenced last month to 22 years in federal prison. He was convicted in April of  twice hiring someone to kill big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin, a Florida animal sanctuary operator whose nonprofit organization successfully sued him for more than $1 million for trademark infringement and other civil wrongs.

Jurors unanimously agreed he also illegally killed five tigers with a shotgun, illegally offered to sell and sold tiger cubs and falsified documents involving the sale of tigers, lions and a baby lemur.

Joe Exotic opened a private zoo in Wynnewood in 1999 that drew the ire of animal rights activists for letting visitors pet and even have "play times" with tiger cubs taken from their mothers at birth. 

He also ran for president in 2016 as an independent and for governor of Oklahoma in 2018 as a Libertarian.

As previously reported, the Netflix docuseries isn't the only TV show expected about Joe Exotic's strange life, trial and conviction. 

Universal Content Productions revealed last fall that it was teaming with Wondery to adapt its podcast about Joe Exotic for television. Emmy-winning "Saturday Night Live" standout Kate McKinnon is set to star and executive produce along with Wondery's Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy, according to an autumn report in The Hollywood Reporter. 

McKinnon is set to star in the series as Baskin, according to the trade publication. Possible casting choices for Joe Exotic have not yet been announced. 

-BAM


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Joe Maldonado works with Boco, the male Li-Liger at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Wynnewood, Okla. [The Oklahoman Archives]

Joe Maldonado works with Boco, the male Li-Liger at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Wynnewood, Okla. [The Oklahoman Archives]

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Brandy McDonnell

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