Satoshi Nakamoto, the world’s most wanted terrorist, was kidnapped and tortured by the NSA. At least, that’s the plot of a forthcoming indie film from the U.K. titled “Decrypted.”

Crypto-native film production

In an interview with Cointelegraph the film’s producer, Phil Harris, said:

“We shot 70 percent of this film before we were forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis. So we managed to get 70% in the can. So we're editing away. I think as a film producer and a keen crypto fan, I wanted to explore the emerging crypto space within the industry as a whole.”

Actors, Talisa Garcia and Akie Kotabe, who portray Satoshi’s love interest and Satoshi. Source: IMDB.

Actors, Talisa Garcia and Akie Kotabe, who portray Satoshi’s love interest and Satoshi. Source: IMDB.

The film isn’t just a story about Satoshi Nakamoto. The film itself was also funded using cryptocurrency. Harris added that the initial release of the film is going to be through crypto native video platforms. He assured that a lot of research went into making sure that the Bitcoin-related elements look authentic.

Satoshi’s love interest

There are a few twists in the film’s plot. Without giving away everything, for example, Satoshi’s paramour is a transgender woman, Sofia, who also happens to be his accomplice.

The screenwriter for the film, Mick Sands, is a crypto enthusiast. The threat that Bitcoin’s mere existence represents to the U.S. establishment is a point of fascination for him:

“Mick, our writer, he's a bit of a rebel, he has always been fascinated with the crypto world and already wanted to write a film involving it in some way. Especially how the American security services see it as a major threat to their stranglehold over the world economy and how they're trying to desperately dismantle it or regulate it.”

Crypto revolution in film industry

Harris believes that the film industry itself is experiencing a crypto revolution. He states that young independent filmmakers are left with limited distribution choices due to the dominance of a few global streaming platforms:

“We wanted this film to be part of the crypto revolution within the film industry. So we will be releasing it to some crypto video on demand platforms. I'm not sure if you know of any, LiveTree is one, then, you got Breaker, you got Movieschain, Cinezen, Cinema Well.”

The filmmaker’s ultimate goal is to eventually sell the film’s rights to a major platform like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Harris expects the film to be released by the end of 2020.