Hollywood star Nicolas Cage has revealed that he will no longer play Joe Exotic, the subject of the hit documentary-series Tiger King, in a new scripted show which is not moving forward at Amazon Studios.
The project would have marked the first regular television role for the Oscar winner, who was also attached to serve as executive producer on the potential show.
According to Cage, the series did not come to fruition at the streamer as Amazon felt the interest in the story had started fading away.
“We should clear the record. I read two excellent scripts, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that the material had become past tense because it took so long for it to come together. They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it’s no longer relevant,” the actor, 57, informed in an interview.
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Sources close to the situation say the project, produced by Imagine and CBS Studios, may be shopped to other outlets. Amazon declined to comment on the status of the Joe Exotic series.
A former Oklahoma tiger-zoo owner, Joe Exotic is serving a 22-year prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot against animal rights activist Carole Baskin, who was trying to shut down his big-cat operation.
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