Felicity Morris ‘ ” Tinder Swindler ” is about a group of young women who were manipulated, ripped off, and humiliated by Israeli con man Shimon Yehuda Hayut. The Netflix documentary was released on February 2nd and is currently making itself comfortable in the streaming service’s in-house trends. However, this does not seem to be the end of the matter.
As Variety reports, Netflix is currently in talks to turn the true-crime documentary into a feature-length film. However, talks about a possible Tinder swindler movie are said to be at a very early stage. Accordingly, it is also unclear in which direction the production could develop tonally.
The Tinder Swindler: True Story
The story of The Tinder Swindler chronicles is as incredible as it is shocking. Cecilie Fjellhøy and many other women came across the profile of Simon Leviev on Tinder. The handsome man who flaunts his wealth on social media appears to be related to billionaire diamond dealer Lev Leviev.
In truth, however, it is the fraudster Shimon Yehuda Hayut, who first wraps his victims around his finger using every trick in the book, in order to then rob them – and always according to the same principle: First he impresses the women with a private jet and caviar and gives them gifts their attention. Then he tells that he was threatened and attacked and killers are on him. Allegedly, he can no longer use his credit card and needs the cash as soon as possible because it cannot be traced.
The women trusted him, sometimes took out up to nine loans, and then often considered taking their own lives. In “The Tinder Swindler” the women are given the opportunity to tell their stories. Hayut is now back in Israel after serving five months in prison, boasting about his designer wardrobe on Instagram, and has reportedly been spotted on Tinder.
Dramatic Thriller or Just a Lot of Winks?
Exactly what Netflix will do with the stuff – should the film come out at all – remains to be seen. However, the story offers enough potential to draw from the full. Either as a dramatic thriller about a group of women whose hearts have been badly broken – and who swear revenge. Or possibly as tongue-in-cheek satire in the style of ” Catch Me If You Can “, told from Hayut’s point of view.