Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage's Tiger King TV drama scrapped by Amazon

The Oscar-winning actor was cast as the zoo owner for a mini-series on the streaming service.

He told Variety he had read "two excellent scripts" for the show.

"But I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become past tense because it took so long for it come together," he said.

"They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it's no longer relevant."