Paul Verhoeven’s user-generated ‘Tricked’ heads for U.S.

Some 35,000 fans sent in script ideas, videos for the movie


PARIS — New York-based D Street Releasing has nabbed all U.S. rights to Dutch multi-hyphenate Paul Verhoeven’s user-generated movie “Tricked” in the run up to Tribeca where the pic will have its North American premiere.

As part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, fest will host a panel moderated by Variety’s chief film critic Scott Foundas with Verhoeven, producer Rene Mioch and key cast members Caroline Spoor and Pieter Tiddens.

Verhoeven penned the first four minutes of the “Tricked” script and posted it on the Entertainment Experience crowd-sourcing platform, inviting fans to complete the script and submit ideas, videos and casting suggestions.

Verhoeven collected contributions from more than 35,000 participants over 39 weeks. The result is a hybrid movie opening with a behind-the-scenes look at Verhoeven gathering the material from every participant and defining a plot; followed by a classic narrative feature exploring “immorality, sexual promiscuity and … lives that are based on lies,” per Verhoeven.

“I found the idea of working with hundreds of different scripts, written by non-professionals fascinating,” he said. “Would we have enough scenes, dialogue, plot twists to actually make a feature? The answer was yes. I thought I would only receive two or three good scripts from the public that we could mix together to make a good film. But we received hundreds of excellent submissions.”

“Tricked” turns on a real estate tycoon and married womanizer whose life is turned upside down when his business partners start scheming behind his back and one of his mistresses shows up pregnant at his birthday party.

Pic bowed at the Rome Film Festival last fall and has so far been acquired by D’Vision for France, Capelight Pictures for Germany, Five Star Filmes for Brazil and Argentina, AT Entertainment for Japan and Line Tree Entertainment. Amstel Films released it on March 28 across the Netherlands.

“ ‘Tricked’ is a study in filmmaking and I love the fact that it will give the audience an inside view to the process,” said Dexter Davis, D Street Releasing’s CEO.

The deal was negotiated by Davis for D Street Releasing and Christophe Audran for Netherlands-based FCCE, which also produced.

D Street Releasing is planning a limited release in New York and L.A. in the fall and will look to extend it other markets, notably San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Austin. It’s also planning to partner with select film schools around the country.

The Entertainment Experience format, which sparked a flurry of international sales at last year’s MipTV and Mipcom TV markets in Cannes, will compete for a Digital Emmy Award on Monday at MipTV.