Louis Theroux announces new Joe Exotic documentary

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 March 2021
Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux

Documentary maker Louis Theroux reveals plans for a new Joe Exotic film for BBC Two

Louis Theroux has announced plans for a new Joe Exotic documentary for BBC Two.

The 50-year-old documentary maker first interviewed the 'Tiger King' star while filming 'World's Most Dangerous Pets' back in 2011, and now he will return to Oklahoma for a feature length film – under the working title 'Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic' – to explore what happened over the next decade.

Now, Exotic – who was the subject of hit 2020 Netflix series 'Tiger King: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem' – is serving a 22-year prison sentence after being convicted of plotting a murder-for-hire against rival Carole Baskin.

Regarding his new documentary, Louis said in a statement: "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.

"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."

The project is yet to receive a confirmed air date on BBC Two.

Clare Sillery – BBC's head of commissioning, documentaries, history and religion – added: "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."

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