Truth Entertainment, one of the producers behind Dallas Buyers Club, has found its next project: it will be Team Joy, written and directed by Emmy-winning producer Joe Tripician. The film is centered on the complex relationship of a father-daughter grifter team whose life begins to unravel when the teenage hacker daughter second guesses their way of life and unknowingly puts the pair in danger. The story represents the pitfalls that occur when a child is raised under a distorted moral code and becomes caught in a web of deceit.
Truth Entertainment chairman and CEO Joe Newcomb and Tripician will produce. Casting is underway now with principal photography scheduled to start in early 2017.
Newcomb received the script this year after Tripician reached out to him; upon reading, Truth immediately bought the rights. The screenplay, which placed in the top 15% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition, was inspired by Tripician’s teenage daughter who demonstrated her own set of self-taught cyber skills.
The news comes on the heels of Truth’s continuing effort to ramp up their portfolio with the recently announced feature films The Nobistor Affair and Ruby’s Prayer.
The logline: Ted and his young teenage daughter, Joy, a self-taught hacker, are smart technologically savvy swindlers and petty thieves. After pulling off many scams, including phishing schemes, stolen online identities, spyware and currency theft, Joy is having a crisis of conscience when they meet a man who tries to out-scam the duo. To deal with the dilemma, Joy pulls a stunt that puts both her and her father in jeopardy. This outlaw family has one last chance to either score big or lose everything.
Truth is currently filming The Tribes Of Palos Verdes with Jennifer Garner and is in pre-production for the recently announced film The Nobistor Affair, the true story of a top-secret mission to overthrow the Ghana government. In addition, they are also the company behind Ruby’s Prayer, an adaptation of a historical novel about a family’s epic struggle during the final days of the Wild West in a post-Civil War America.
Tripician is not only a writer-director but also a playwright and published author with over 30 years experience in film, TV and digital media. In 2002, he performed his one-man play Balkanized At Sunrise at Dixon Place Theater in New York City. The play was based on his trip to the Balkans when the Croatian government hired him to write an official biography of their president, which was summarily banned. He published a memoir of his experience, also titled Balkanized At Sunrise. Tripician, who won an Emmy for Best Documentary of Cultural Significance for Metaphoria (PBS), resides in Brazil and is represented by UTA.