Joe Exotic is in jail and his rival Carole Baskin is no longer involved with the Netflix franchise, but the streamer is releasing Tiger King 2, a new five-episode docuseries, on Nov. 17.
The original docuseries about Exotic — an eccentric Oklahoma zoo owner who hired two men to kill Baskin, another zoo owner — was outrageous enough to become a global phenomenon during the pandemic lockdown last year.
The official trailer for the sequel picks up with a phone call from Exotic in jail, proclaiming his innocence. Several minor characters from the first series return — like Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover and James Garretson — they are clearly enjoying their newfound fame. The sequel also appears to dig deeper into the mystery of Baskin’s husband, Don Lewis, who disappeared in 1997 and was declared legally dead five years later.
With Liza Minnelli’s “Maybe This Time” playing in the background, the trailer gleefully embraces the weirdness and seems to reveal that much of the sequel will consist of leftover footage from its predecessor. It also ends dramatically, with Exotic saying, “We’ve gotta put our differences aside or we’re all gonna die in here!”
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently doing time at Federal Medical Center Fort Worth after being convicted of violating federal wildlife laws and trying to hire two different men to kill Baskin. He once owned a pet store in Arlington and had connections to the Dallas film and hip-hop scenes.