Rob Lowe Could Be Playing Joe Exotic in ‘Tiger King’ Adaptation

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Rob Lowe could be starring in an adaptation of Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

The Emmy and Golden Globe nominee may soon be seen playing Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix’s highly popular limited series. As Lowe revealed on social media, along with amusing pictures of himself in full Exotic garb, he and renowned TV writer-producer Ryan Murphy have teamed up to develop a scripted adaptation.

Murphy is a pretty big deal in the TV world, behind hit shows such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Netflix’s The Politician. He’s also an executive producer of the spinoff series 9-1-1: Lone Star, which Lowe stars in alongside Liv Tyler.

Deadline reports that “conversations are in very preliminary stages” and it isn’t yet known whether the project is shaping up to be a film or some form of series. If this does go ahead, it will most likely be at Netflix, where Murphy has an overall deal.

In case you haven’t caught the Tiger King boat, the show follows a rivalry between big cat eccentrics that takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot. Exotic is currently serving 22 years in federal prison.

You can imagine that Netflix would be more than keen to expand on the Tiger King brand, now that it’s proven to be absolutely massive. According to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings, the series was averaging around 19 million in the U.S. alone during its first 10 days of release. Compare that to the numbers of hugely popular series Stranger Things, which was averaging 20.5 million U.S. viewers in the first 10 days of season 3’s arrival.

Stay tuned…



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