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Purrfect News For 'Tiger King' Fans: New Series Starring Kate McKinnon As Carole Baskin Is Coming

People who loved "Tiger King," the docuseries about Joe Exotic, will be thrilled to know a TV series based off his feud with Carole Baskin is in the works.

By Gina Tron
Where Is 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic Now?

Amazing news for fans of Netflix’s new docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness": There’s more sequin and animal print content in the works!

A multiple-episode Wondery-produced podcast, which also focuses on the Joe Exotic debacle, is being turned into a television series starring "Saturday Night Live" comedian Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin, Vanity Fair reports. (The original podcast was initially part of the second season of the podcast "Over My Dead Body," but it was just recently moved to its own podcast page, seemingly after the popularity of the Netflix docuseries.)

McKinnon will not only star in the adaptation, but plans to executive produce it, TVLine reported last year. The project was announced last November. It’s in development at Universal Content Productions, the same studio behind Dirty John" and "The Act," Deadline previously reported.

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No network or streaming service is currently attached to the project and it’s not clear when this series would debut. 

While McKinnon is set to star as Baskin, none of the other roles have officially been announced, prompting BuzzFeed and Vanity Fair to put forth their suggestions as for who should play Exotic. Not so shocking spoiler: They have both put forth Matthew McConaughey as a contender.

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For those who have not yet binged on “Tiger King” during their self-isolation, it’s the tale of an eccentric polygamist Oklahoma zookeeper Exotic who got entangled in a dramatic, years-long battle with animal sanctuary operator Baskin, which ultimately ended in a murder-for-hire conviction.

Exotic, whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving 22 years for that murder plot. In addition to getting convicted on two counts of murder-for-hire, Exotic was also found guilty of eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, according to a statement from The United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Oklahoma.

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