Carole Baskin’s cool cats and kittens will return in “Tiger King 2.” The feline fanatic had filed suit against Netflix for the upcoming release of the sequel docuseries. She and her husband claimed they agreed to the use of their likeness in an “initial documentary motion picture,” which to them would NOT include a follow up.
“Tiger King” swept the cultural zeitgeist in mid 2020. Focusing on the “woes” of Joe Exotic, his horrifying big cat zoo, and his near obsessive hatred for Carole Baskin. There were also major implications that Baskin may have had something to do with the untimely death of her first husband…
Leonine and Litigious
The Baskins were quite vocal about their displeasure at the editing they received in the initial docuseries. Their current argument is relying on the use of the singular there. Implying they did not agree to be in any subsequent projects like a sequel.
A suit filed on November 1st 2021 claimed :
- “They had been told by Eric Goode of Royal Goode Productions that Joe Exotic would only be a small portion of the documentary,”
- “ Tiger King 1 is a seven (7) episode series focused primarily upon portrayal of Joe Exotic as a sympathetic victim and Carole as the villain”
- “Understanding that the Appearance Releases limited Royal Goode Productions’ use of the footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue to the single, initial documentary motion picture, the Baskins believed that any sequel – though odious – would not include any of their footage.”
- “The Appearance Releases limited Royal Goode Productions right to use film footage of the Baskins to “a documentary motion picture.” Throughout the Appearance Releases there is only reference to and mention of “the Picture.” No mention is made of granting Royal Goode Production sequel rights, rights to create derivative works from “the Picture” or additional seasons or episodes”
- “Defendants’ unauthorized use of the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases will cause the Baskins irreparable injury for which the Baskins have no adequate remedy at law. “
Hours after the Baskins filing their, Florida Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington ruled that:
“Importantly, the Court merely finds that the Baskins are not entitled to the extraordinary remedy of a temporary restraining order, which would be entered before Defendants have had an adequate opportunity to respond,”
“The Court takes no position on whether the Baskins will be able to establish entitlement to a preliminary injunction.”
It seems that we are still getting “Tiger King 2” come November 17th, 2021. However Baskin v Netflix is likely far from over.