Paul Verhoeven Puts Features On Hold To Make A 30 Minute Film… With You?

Paul Verhoeven has been atatched to any number of feature films lately, none of which have come to fruition. Time, then, for different approach.

Announced at MIPCOM last week, Verhoeven’s latest project is called Entertainment Experience. Ultimately, it’s going to give rise to two thirty minute films – but the way these films will be coming about is the most curious thing.

This video will do a pretty good job of explaining what’s going on.

So, in short, members of the Dutch public are being asked to contribute in any way they would want to. It will all start with the script, and I’m sure a lot of people will want to act, but the entire crew, it would seem, are to be made up of members of the public.

If you’re in the Netherlands and you’re going to get involved, I’d love to know more.

Now, Verhoeven has admitted that he will steer the development of the script, the better keep it working. Sounds firm but fair.
Here’s the set-up of the opening scene, as scripted by Kim Van Kooten, a pro:

The script revolves around the birthday party of 60-year-old Remco and his family. Eight characters are introduced in three minutes, Remco’s friends and family. A pregnant women, a row between two men, a burnt envelope and a drunk teenager are the ingredients for the budding filmmakers.

Let’s see what silliness the amateurs try dumping on top of that.

Verhoeven will also be shooting his own parallel version of the film with a professional crew. This takes a bit of the fun out of things, I think, if there’s going to be a superior version to upstage the crowd-created movie.

Unless the crowd do a better job. That would inject more fun in.

And we might be depending on fun like that to get the best out of the project. Does a jigsaw screenplay like this, with the beginning fixed before any of the later sequences have been conceived, have much real chance of working?

Thanks to Twitch for the heads up and RNW for the video.

Visit the project’s official site to get involved.