Good news for everyone obsessed with Netflix’s Tiger King: there’s a new series adaption of the real-life saga currently in production.
Kate McKinnon of SNL fame is set to play Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue, an animal welfare organisation in the US. McKinnon is also listed as an executive producer on the script, reports TVLine.
Based on the Joe Exotic podcast, the series will follow Baskin’s feud with fellow big cat obsessive Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a. Joe Exotic.
For years, the two have had an ongoing and bitter feud over the treatment of Exotic’s tigers and other animals.
Baskin is on a mission to end private big cat ownership, and is particularly keen on shutting down Joe Exotic’s private zoo in Oklahoma. Exotic, on the other hand, says that Baskin is a hypocrite because he claims her big cat sanctuary is no different to his zoo.
But unlike the Tiger King docuseries, this as-of-yet unnamed production is anticipated to follow the story more closely from Baskin’s own perspective.
McKinnon herself is a jack-of-all-impressions, having famously played Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton and even Justin Bieber on SNL in the past. Playing an eccentric big cat aficionado probably isn’t too much of a stretch for her.
No networks or streaming services have put their hand up for the series just yet, which is still in production. But thanks to the runaway success of Netflix’ Tiger King, the story is sure to be a hot commodity.
Maybe after it airs we can expect even more blog posts from Baskin.Image: Getty Images / NBC | Netflix / Tiger King