An eye-opening documentary called “The Tinder Swindler” about a prominent conman who swindled many women using the dating app is in the works.
Variety has learned that Netflix is in negotiations with the documentary’s creators about making the film into a dramatisation. People say the conversation is in its early stages, and that a possible film’s tone is still to be determined.
Despite its recent release on the streaming service, “The Tinder Swindler” has already cracked the top 10 rankings in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Israeli fraudster Shimon Hayut, who defrauded Scandinavian women out of thousands of dollars by posing as the son of Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev on the dating app Tinder, is profiled in this 114-minute documentary, which was produced by Raw TV (makers of “Three Identical Strangers” and “Don’t F*** With Cats”), AGC Studios, and Gaspin Media.
As journalists from the Norwegian newspaper VG help the ladies who were duped by Hayut uncover his true identity and bring him to jail, the documentary directed by Felicity Morris (“Don’t F*** With Cats”) features interviews with the women who were duped.
He duped his victims by romancing them with pricey dates and developing long-distance relationships with them, and he was jailed in Israel in December 2019 on a 15-month term (of which he spent little over five months). In order to pay for what he said were considerable security needs, he next requested that they open lines of credit in his name under their names.
Israel is where Hayut, a free man, currently lives. More than 200,000 people were following his public Instagram page at the time of publication, and an Instagram storey posted on Friday implies that he plans to explain his side of the tale.
Bart Layton and Sam Starbuck of All3Media-owned Raw TV serve as producers on Tinder Swindler, while Jeff Gaspin and Eric Levy of Gaspin Media serve as executive producers; Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz of AGC Studios serve as producers.
No word from Netflix on this.