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MTV has a series based on Catfish in the works

Apr. 1, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Oh good, it's April Fool's Day, where real news stories are buried amidst a sea of practical jokes, and no studio will announce anything major lest they fear no one will take it seriously.

Well after a bit of vetting, I don't think this is fake. MTV is developing a show based around last year's movie CATFISH, the cautionary tale of the dangers of social media. They've apparently brought the "creative team" behind the project on board, which includes Henry Joost, Nev and Ariel Schulman.

Read no further, if you haven't seen the film yourself yet.

I loved this movie when I first watched it, I really did. I thought the twist from creepy horror set-up to sad human drama was one of the most jarring I've ever experienced in a movie, and I'd never experienced anything quite like it.

However, once I started hearing that the entire thing was supposed to be entirely true? They lost some points. Originally I thought the thing was scripted, which was fine to me, but despite its novel concept, I thought the cast was a bit amateur, as they always looked like they were holding back a grin when they were supposed to be freaked out.

But then I hear it's supposed to be "all true?" I didn't buy that at all. I believe that yes, a guy did start Facebook chatting with a girl who turned out to be a lonely middle-aged woman who created a series of fake people and profiles to back up her story, but I believe they knew this before or very early on in the film, and their reaction to the slow "reveal" was a farce.

In any case, I'm wondering how this will all translate to TV. It's supposed to be a show about people who forge identities online, and the consequences that result from that. Sounds like a good "True Life" episode, but how's that going to work for a whole series? And just how scripted will it be?

Extra Tidbit: Protip for guys: Never accept a friend request from a random hot girl. Hot girls don't randomly friend guys, ever, and she is undoubtedly a spy.
Source: Variety

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11:21PM on 04/03/2011
This Movie Sucked Floppy Balls.
This Movie Sucked Floppy Balls.
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1:36AM on 04/02/2011
Worst. Idea. Ever.
Worst. Idea. Ever.
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10:14PM on 04/01/2011
I rented this on DVD, and had already heard quite a bit how it might not be 100% real, but you know what? I think it is. Nev starts off a bit naive and trusting, and as he's piecing things together, his change to slightly more jaded and hurt seemed natural to me.
I rented this on DVD, and had already heard quite a bit how it might not be 100% real, but you know what? I think it is. Nev starts off a bit naive and trusting, and as he's piecing things together, his change to slightly more jaded and hurt seemed natural to me.
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7:37PM on 04/01/2011
Guys. "Catfish" was staged. It was not real.
Guys. "Catfish" was staged. It was not real.
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5:59PM on 04/01/2011
I still think the movie is 100% real, the reveal I believe happened to us as it did to them. But given your feeling that parts were staged for Drama sake... did that hinder your enjoyment of the actual movie? Did it still accomplish the Horror into Human Drama well enough for you to see past the fact that part of it may have been a farce??
I still think the movie is 100% real, the reveal I believe happened to us as it did to them. But given your feeling that parts were staged for Drama sake... did that hinder your enjoyment of the actual movie? Did it still accomplish the Horror into Human Drama well enough for you to see past the fact that part of it may have been a farce??
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5:09PM on 04/01/2011
i watched this film a few weeks ago and i have to say paul what you said is exactly how i felt. I had never experienced a film transition like that before but then you find out its legit and your only reaction is yeah i bet they didnt figure this out real fast. this is a stupid concept to be made into a series it cant work without being staged.
i watched this film a few weeks ago and i have to say paul what you said is exactly how i felt. I had never experienced a film transition like that before but then you find out its legit and your only reaction is yeah i bet they didnt figure this out real fast. this is a stupid concept to be made into a series it cant work without being staged.
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3:42PM on 04/01/2011
I absolutely hated this movie. I was expecting it to be a Blair Witch style horror/thriller. Instead it was a story about some lying fat white bitch and her retard sons. But what can you expect from MTV whos programming is already filled with trash.
I absolutely hated this movie. I was expecting it to be a Blair Witch style horror/thriller. Instead it was a story about some lying fat white bitch and her retard sons. But what can you expect from MTV whos programming is already filled with trash.
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10:10PM on 04/01/2011
Then that's your own damn fault for not knowing what you were watching. Hating because it wasn't what you thought doesn't make it bad.
Then that's your own damn fault for not knowing what you were watching. Hating because it wasn't what you thought doesn't make it bad.
3:41PM on 04/01/2011
hmmm... a friend recommended Catfish to me as a good documentary. And believe it or not, I thought it was all true. It actually never occurred to me that it could be fake. Maybe I was a little naive?
hmmm... a friend recommended Catfish to me as a good documentary. And believe it or not, I thought it was all true. It actually never occurred to me that it could be fake. Maybe I was a little naive?
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1:21PM on 04/01/2011
"The Night Listener" + facebook = "Catfish".
"The Night Listener" + facebook = "Catfish".
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