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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Juntos

    Juntos Films Production House Launches in Chile with Ambitious Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

    Francisco Hervé of Panchito Films, Moisés Sepúlveda from Madriguera Films and Daniela Raviola, three of Chile’s most exciting international-minded independent producers, have together launched a new indie production house, Juntos Films. Hervé has written, directed (“The Power of Speech,” “The Lost City”) and produced (María Paz González ‘s “Daughter”) several feature films, documentaries and TV [...]

  • Noele trailer Anna Kendrick

    Disney Unveils 'Noelle' Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader

    Among the many announcements at the D23 Expo, Disney debuted the first look at holiday feature “Noelle,” which is set to premiere exclusively on Disney Plus this fall. “It isn’t Christmas without Santa’s Sister,” Walt Disney Studios said of the film on Twitter. Starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, the Christmas flick tells the story [...]

  • A Hidden Life Movie Austria

    Film News Roundup: Austin Festival Selects Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life'

    In today’s film news roundup, the Austin Film Festival selects a Terrence Malick title, “A Day Without a Mexican” gets a sequel and DCR Finance signs a first-look deal. FESTIVAL SCREENING The Austin Film Festival will screen Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” which won the Francois Chalais and Ecumenical Jury awards at the Cannes Film [...]

  • Blake Lively

    Blake Lively's 'Rhythm Section' Moved Back to 2020

    Paramount Pictures has moved the release date of Blake Lively’s “The Rhythm Section” back two months from Nov. 22 to Jan. 31, 2020, the weekend of Super Bowl LIV. The spy tale, adapted from Mark Burnell’s novels surrounding character Stephanie Patrick, is produced by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson through their [...]

  • The Mandalorian

    'The Mandalorian': Watch the First Trailer for 'Star Wars' Series

    The gunslinging lone warrior — the Mandalorian, as they call him — calls the far reaches of the “Star Wars” galaxy home. Disney dropped the first trailer for the spinoff series during its biennial D23 convention on Friday, finally giving fans a closer look at the franchise’s newest character. “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, who [...]

  • Lady and the Tramp trailer

    'Lady and the Tramp': Disney's Live-Action Remake Gets First Trailer (Watch)

    Ready your dog-friendly bowl of spaghetti, Disney has debuted the first trailer for its live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. The teaser was released during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim at the Disney + presentation. In addition to Thompson and Theroux, who play the Lady and Tramp, respectively, [...]

  • Mickey Mouse waves to members of

    Spider-Man, Spicer and Splashy First-Looks: Everything We're Looking For at D23

    As if Disney hasn’t owned enough weekends this year at the box office, the biennial D23 Expo will light up Anaheim, Calif. over the next three days to celebrate the content monolith. From a new Netflix-competing streaming platform to scores of movie and series reveals — along with a few hot controversies to confront — [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content