It’s not exactly clear what the focus will be for the new season of Tiger King, but Deadline understands that the filmmakers met with and spoke to Joe Exotic (aka Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage né Schreibvogel) a number of times in prison.
The first installment profiled wildcat owners with a focus on Exotic, the former owner of the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, who now is serving a lengthy prison sentence for crimes against his animals and his role in a murder-for-hire plot against his nemesis Carole Baskin.
Baskin confirmed in a statement that she will not be appearing in the new season.
“I don’t know how they put out a Tiger King 2 when Joe Schreibvogel’s in jail and I’m refusing to be played again. Rebecca Chaiklin (director of Tiger King) said she wanted to “clear the air” about what they did to me in Tiger King. I told her to lose my number. There is no explanation for such a betrayal and false portrayal.”
She added, “If people want to know the actual truth behind the big cat crisis in the U.S. and how it all started, they should be demanding to see The Conservation Game film by Michael Webber. His film answers the important questions that Tiger King glossed over.”
Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin will reteam as directors and executive producers; Chris Smith and Fisher Stevens also will serve as EPs. It is being produced by A Goode Films Production in association with Library Films and Article 19 Films.
Goode and Chaiklin have remained connected with Exotic since he began serving his sentence. The pair previously has discussed how being behind bars has taught Exotic about why keeping wild animals in cages was cruel.
Exotic pleaded with former President Donald Trump to grant him a pardon and early release, but it was for naught. He did, however, score a win last summer when the court agreed to shorten his original 22-year sentence.
Other projects to be released under Netflix’s documentaries exploring crimes, cons, and scams can be found below.
The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman
From the acclaimed filmmakers behind The Imposter, this three-part series tells the jaw-dropping story of one of the world’s most audacious conmen who was convicted in 2005 for stealing fortunes and destroying multiple lives. But now, in an incredible twist, the story reaches into the present day, with a desperate family who fear for their mother’s safety.
Directed by Sam Benstead, Gareth Johnson; Executive Produced by Bart Layton and Rebecca North; and produced by RAW.
The Tinder Swindler
The jaw-dropping story of a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder and the women who set out to bring him down.
Directed by Felicity Morris; Executive Produced by Bart Layton and Sam Starbuck for RAW; Jeff Gaspin and Eric Levy for Gaspin Media; Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz for AGC Studios.
Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King (Film)
Follow a group of investors turned sleuths as they try to unlock the suspicious death of cryptocurrency multimillionaire Gerry Cotten and the missing $250 million they believe he stole from them.
Directed by Luke Sewell; Executive Produced by Sophie Jones, Morgan Matthews; from production company, Minnow Films.
Bad Vegan (Series)
Celebrity restaurateur Sarma Melngailis becomes the “Vegan Fugitive” when she’s conned out of millions by a man who convinces her that he can expand her food empire and make her beloved pit bull immortal — as long as she never questions his increasingly bizarre requests.