For many Netflix viewers, Tiger King is forever associated with those early days of lockdown and quarantine-era streaming, but if you find yourself craving more drama a year after first meeting Joe Exotic and co., you’re in luck. A second doc is on its way, and sooner than you might think.
The original Tiger King amassed a whopping 64 million households in viewership in the four weeks after it premiered, per the streamer. Now that more big-cat chaos is imminent, the second part of the doc is sure to do some pretty impressive numbers, too. The big day is now out in the open after Netflix announced the Tiger King 2 premiere date during its Sept. 25 virtual fan event, Tudum.
In its date announcement, Netflix simply promised “more madness and mayhem” in the next installment, noting, “We’ve only scratched the surface.” Then, a trailer released Oct. 27 upped the ante with a closer look at the chaotic Tiger King universe. Of course, with this cast of characters, promises of a wild ride come as no surprise. There are, of course, plenty of questions left to follow up on. For starters, what is Carole Baskin doing now? And has Joe Exotic’s stance on the story changed since being in prison?
Here is everything we know about Tiger King 2 so far, from its possible plot to an intriguing first look.
Tiger King 2 Plot
What we saw in the first Tiger King is only the beginning, according to producer Rebecca Chaiklin. “We have a crazy amount of footage,” she presciently told Entertainment Weekly in 2020, “and it’s a story that’s still unfolding ... and it’ll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years.”
A new trailer, released Oct. 27, revealed that Tiger King 2 would not just feature previously unseen footage — rather, it will also catch up with “old friend and frenemies” and how they’ve been impacted by the original doc’s enormous success.
Tiger King 2 Cast
Though Joe Exotic seems to be a central part of Tiger King 2, it’s pretty unlikely that Baskin will be back in newly filmed footage. Her animal sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue, was extremely vocal in refuting the original doc’s claims. “They did not care about truth,” a blog post on the sanctuary website reads. “The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.”
Plus, as recently as May 2021, Baskin has spoken out against the streamer and any potential plans of a second doc. “I told them to lose my number,” she told Fox Business. “Tiger King was not at all what it was sold to me to be. ... It was a dumpster fire that people found so entertaining, but I think the tigers were the real losers in Tiger King because their message was left on the cutting room floor.”
Tiger King 2 Release Date
Netflix revealed that Tiger King 2 is coming on Nov. 17, making it the perfect addition to your cozy fall marathon lineup or a must-see for family holiday viewing.
Tiger King 2 Trailer
Viewers’ first glimpse of Tiger King 2 came by way of a Netflix true-crime title announcement, which introduces a slate of new projects, all coming out in 2022. Other titles include The Tinder Swindler, which tells the story of a big-time dating app conman, and Bad Vegan, which details restaurateur Sarma Melngailis’ fall from grace as a trendy vegan-turned-fraudster.
But back to Tiger King 2. The brief preview teased a conversation with Joe Exotic in prison, a “Who Murdered Don Lewis?” billboard, and a clip of Baskin herself, though that seems to be footage from the first time around.
Then, on Oct. 27, Netflix dropped the full trailer, which includes more conversations with Joe Exotic from prison — he maintains his innocence — and a look at how the Tiger King cast of characters is dealing with (er, profiting from) the original doc’s success.
Even though much of Tiger King 2 remains a tantalizing mystery, count on it delivering the drama and meme-worthy moments when it drops this November.
This post will be updated with additional details as more information on Tiger King 2 becomes available.
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