×

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.”

Popular on Variety

“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.

More Film

  • Annabella Sciorra

    Annabella Sciorra on Weinstein Verdict: 'We Can Never Regret Breaking the Silence'

    Annabella Sciorra hailed the guilty verdict against ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein, which included a “criminal sexual act” and third-degree rape, on Monday. Weinstein was also acquitted on two counts of predatory sexual assault that centered on Sciorra’s testimony — indicating that the jurors did not believe, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Weinstein had raped and assaulted [...]

  • Gabrielle Carteris participates in Fox's "BH90210"

    SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris on Weinstein Verdict: 'You Can't Hide Any Longer'

    SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has hailed the verdicts in the Harvey Weinstein case, with the disgraced ex-mogul found guilty of committing a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. “Justice was served today and Harvey Weinstein was held accountable for his crimes,” Carteris said. “But it is only a beginning. We look forward to the Weinstein [...]

  • 'Siberia' Review: Abel Ferrara and Willem

    'Siberia': Film Review

    “Siberia” is the sixth film Abel Ferrara has made with Willem Dafoe, and by the end of it, were it not for vivid memories of past collaborations with Harvey Keitel and Christopher Walken, it would be hard to conceive of him ever having cast anyone else. Ferrara and Dafoe were always an obvious fit — [...]

  • Left to right: Director Christopher McQuarrie,

    'Mission: Impossible 7's' Italy Shoot Delayed Due to Coronavirus

    Due to the coronavirus, Paramount Pictures is delaying its plans for a three-week shoot of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible 7” in Venice, Italy. The studio issued an announcement Monday that cited the Venetian government’s missive to halt public gatherings. Italy has more than 150 confirmed cases of the disease. “Out of an abundance of caution [...]

  • Jamie Foxx - Excellence in the

    Jamie Foxx Honored by Leonardo DiCaprio at American Black Film Festival Honors

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Morgan Freeman made surprise appearances at the American Black Film Festival Honors ceremony on Sunday night. The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” actor presented Jamie Foxx with the excellence in the arts award while Freeman announced the movie of the year, which went to “Just Mercy.” Hosted by comedian Deon Cole, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content