Is Ashton Kutcher really making a movie version of his MTV prank show "Punk'd"? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we can exclusively set the record straight.
According to OK!, executives at Paramount Pictures and MTV Films want to produce a big-screen adaptation of Kutcher's hit hidden-camera series, in which he pulled pranks on celebrities. An alleged insider tells the magazine, "Paramount is hungry for a new prank-based film franchise now that the Jackass movies have run their course, and the buzz is that they're trying to woo Ashton into participating." The supposed source further contends that Kutcher is "on the verge of saying yes" to the idea.
The questionable tipster goes on to say that if the film does go into production, no one will actually know about it. "You can't announce a 'Punk'd' movie and expect to get enough good footage of unsuspecting celebrities," adds the suspicious source. "If Ashton's going to do this, he needs to make sure he can pull it off." The "source" further maintains there's a "long list of celebrities" that Kutcher wants to target, "including folks like Drake and Kevin Hart."
The magazine's premise is pretty flawed. The "insider" says the "Punk'd" movie is being kept top-secret because celebrities won't fall for the pranks if word gets out. Are we really to believe that someone involved in the film's production decided to sabotage the project by blabbing to a tabloid about it?
Regardless, the publication's article is based on claims from an anonymous and untraceable "source," but Gossip Cop checked in with Kutcher's rep, who tells us on the record that it's fabricated. There's simply no "Punk'd" movie in the works. The tabloids have been known to create nonexistent Hollywood productions, and this is another example of that.
It's worth noting, OK! has proven to be untrustworthy when it comes to reporting about the actor. Gossip Cop called out the tabloid last year for trying to trick readers into believing that Kutcher's wife Mila Kunis gave the magazine an "exclusive" interview about their marriage. The actress never sat down with the tabloid to discuss her relationship. Instead, the outlet pulled quotes the actress gave in various TV and print interviews and sold it as a one-on-one discussion with her. The only ones being punk'd are the people who believe the tabloid's phony stories.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.