A fox playing a tiger king? We’d like to see it.
Deadline reports that Rob Lowe is in “very preliminary” discussions with producer Ryan Murphy to star as gay Oklahoma zoo owner Joe Exotic in a scripted adaptation of the hit Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
“Rob Exotic,” Lowe teased this week on an Instagram post, posing as the gun-toting polyamorous redneck. Lowe later added an update: “Ryan Murphy and I will be developing our version of this insane story. Stay tuned!”
It’s not a huge stretch; Lowe currently stars in Murphy’s Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star. And remember Lowe’s transformation to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra?
Exotic, a.k.a. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year federal prison sentence for allegedly hiring someone to murder his rival, animal rights activist Carole “that bitch” Baskin. He was also found guilty of various animal abuses.
The kitty kook has filed a $94 million lawsuit from jail, alleging he was targeted by law enforcement because he is gay.
President Trump told reporters at a White House press conference this week that he would “take a look” at Exotic’s appeal for a pardon.
The Tiger King and I — a Tiger King after show hosted by Joel McHale and featuring brand new interviews with John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe — will premiere April 12 pic.twitter.com/8fbbNdaiDA
— Netflix (@netflix) April 9, 2020
Kate McKinnon is currently attached to star as Baskin in another adaptation of the Tiger King saga, a limited series called Joe Exotic. Kristin Chenoweth also plays Baskin in new demo for Andrew Lippa’s proposed Tiger King musical parody.
Meanwhile, The Tiger King and I, a Tiger King aftershow special hosted by Joel McHale, will premiere April 12 on Netflix.
Whether the Lowe project becomes a movie or limited series, it would likely also be developed for Netflix, where Murphy has an overall producing deal. Murphy’s upcoming Netflix projects include Hollywood, a second season of The Politician, and star-studded film adaptations of Broadway hits The Prom and The Boys in the Band.