Louis Theroux is making a new documentary about Tiger King Joe Exotic

Virgin Radio

17 Mar 2021, 12:23

Nobody makes a documentary like Louis Theroux. He's handled some of the toughest topics around in his stride, so there's very exciting news that he's worked on a new Tiger King documentary. 

Who can believe it's been a year since we were first introduced to the Tiger King himself, Joe Exotic? It feels like a lifetime ago. 

 He's returning to America for a feature-length documentary. This won't be the first time Louis and Joe have met though.

A decade ago, the pair were introduced when Theroux was working on . Louis realised he has a whole host of unseen footage that tells a very different story.

As part of the new show, Louis will go through that footage as well as speaking to some of Joe's nearest and dearest to find out exactly what went on over the last ten years.

There's been love triangles, big cats, murder-for-hire plots, missing husbands and much more.

Louis will be meeting old friends from his original documentary, as well as Joe Exotic's team who are trying to get him out of prison.  

He's currently spending 22 years in jail, after he was found guilty of conspiring to murder his nemesis, Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin. He wa also found guilty of illegally killing endangered tigers at his park to make room for new exotic animals.

Louis explained: "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."

There's no release date just yet, but we can't wait. 

Will you be watching?