Louis Theroux is pictured meeting Carole Baskin for a new documentary – a decade after first filming with now-imprisoned Tiger King star, Joe Exotic.
The documentary filmmaker, 50, and big cat lover, 59, were seen together on the set of Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic, in a socially distant snap tweeted Thursday by Mindhouse Productions.
Carole, owner of the Big Cat Sanctuary, will appear in the upcoming BBC Two feature special, to explore what happened a decade after Theroux’s 2011 documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets.
‘Finally!’: Louis Theroux was pictured meeting Carole Baskin for a new documentary about Joe Exotic called Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic in a photo shared Thursday
Sensation: Louis first met the charismatic but troubled Exotic, 58, nine years before reaching global fame on the Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Madness and Mayhem (above)
In the tweet, Mindhouse Productions, a documentary production company founded by Louis Theroux, wrote: ‘Finally! @louistheroux finally meets @carole_baskin, ten years since the first recordings with Joe Exotic.
A brand new documentary (with confirmed title) Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic. Available soon on @BBCTwo and @BBCiPlayer ‘
Theroux first met the charismatic but troubled Joe Exotic, 58, in 2011 – nine years before reaching worldwide fame on the Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem.
Now Exotic, formerly the owner of GW Exotic Animal Park, is serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted of plotting a contract murder against rival Carole Baskin, owner of the Big Cat reserve.
On set: The documentary maker, 50, and the big cat lover, 59, (left) were seen together on set in a socially distant snap tweeted Thursday by Mindhouse Productions
He’s back: Louis announced plans for a new Joe Exotic documentary for BBC Two last month, ten years after he first met the now imprisoned Tiger King star (above in America’s Most Dangerous Pets in 2011)
Speaking of his new documentary, Louis said in a statement, “This is one of those quintessentially American stories set in the heart of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colorful and life-size to believe.
‘I filmed in the park for eight or nine days in 2011, divided over three separate visits. I forgot how much we shot until I went back to the footage during the shutdown.
‘It is extraordinary how much there was. Since then, the story has only gotten weirder and bigger, and when I returned late last year, I discovered a realistic drama that took me in directions I could never have expected. ‘
The 90-minute documentary special has yet to receive a confirmed air date on BBC Two.
Clare Sillery – BBC’s main principal, documentaries, history and religion – added: ‘In this sequel to Louis’ revealing first look at Joe Exotic’s life in America’s Most Dangerous Pets, viewers will be taken even deeper into the strange world. of one of America’s most infamous figures.
“This full-length special will be filled to the brim with never-before-seen footage and brand new interviews with people from all sides of the Joe Exotic story.”
Louis has previously spoken about his time filming with the zoo’s former owner The Sunday Times he had “no idea” that the big cat breeder would be involved in a murder case, and just thought he was “pretty weird.”
Louis revealed, “It was hard to dislike the man himself, perhaps because he didn’t seem to be hiding many of his misdeeds, nor took himself too seriously.”
Rival: The British filmmaker revealed that Joe was obsessed with arch-nemesis Carole Baskin (pictured), owner of the Big Cat Sanctuary.
Take two: He’s previously talked about his time filming with the former zoo owner, saying he had ‘no idea’ that the big cat breeder would be involved in a murder case, and he just thought he was’ pretty weird’
And the British filmmaker revealed that even then Joe was obsessed with Carole, even when he was filming his own documentary.
He said, “Joe’s grudge against Carole occupied him while we were filming. He went on to say that he believed she had one of her husbands murdered. ‘
But despite the ongoing feud and Joe’s quirky personality, Louis said he never could have predicted that he would eventually get caught up in the murder case.
Tiger King became a worldwide sensation on Netflix when it captured the lives of big cat owners Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin and Doc Antle.
Exotic has served about two years of a 22-year sentence after being convicted in 2019 on 17 federal charges of animal cruelty and an attempted contract murder of Baskin.
Behind Bars: Joe was arrested in September 2018 and later convicted on 17 federal allegations of animal cruelty and two murder attempts for hire in his plot to kill Carole