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Before Joe Exotic became the Netflix’s “Tiger King”, he was first featured in documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux’s “America’s Most Dangerous Pets” more than ten years ago.

And now Theroux is set to return to Oklahoma to explore what had happened since his last meeting with Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, that led the latter to now residing in a federal prison for murder-for-hire plot and multiple animal cruelty charges.

The documentary, which is temporarily titled, “Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic”, will also feature unseen footages from the previous interview, as well as (hopefully) an interview with Exotic himself and those closest to him. 

“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,” said Theroux. “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.”

Theroux previously interviewed Joe Exotic on his show, “America’s Most Dangerous Pets”

“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,” he added.
The upcoming 90-minute documentary will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.
The Netflix true crime documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” was watched by 34.3 million people over its first ten days of release in 2020, and was among the platform’s most successful releases to-date.