Petition asks Alex McKenna to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Alex McKenna (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Alex McKenna – Talent Agents
– Actress, Producer, Additional Crew – Red Dead Redemption II (2018), Code Black (2015), Bear with Us (2016), Crossing Jordan (2001) – Innovative Artists, Zack Kaplan – Untitled Entertainment, Mitch Mason
Alex McKenna & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition
Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Alex McKenna and Hollywood to take “movie action” to tackle injustice against men and women in the wake of revelations that Texas has more prisoners incarcerated than the Soviet Union’s gulag system had. Texas currently has over 290,000 inmates housed at 580 facilities.
The signatories, including state senators, professors of criminal justice, social workers, family, and inmates, call for a “firm commitment” to tackle the unjust prisons in Texas. The petition has also been signed by Beto O’Rourke, and Matthew McConaughey. These two signatories might face each other in the 2022 Texas governors election. Both have expressed interest in the job. The petitions arrived for Alex McKenna at Innovative Artists, Zack Kaplan last week.
In the open letter to Alex McKenna, the 2080 women write that they are “heartbroken for first-time drug offenders many times addicts who have received extremely harsh sentences in Texas when rehabilitation has proven a cheaper and more effective solution.” The petition goes on to say their family and friends are often heartbroken for and looking for redemption and rehabilitation for the victimless drug crimes.”
The signatories, including attorneys, professors, politicians, family members, and inmates, call on Alex McKenna for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.
The petition came to light when women discovered the screenplay, a copy which was dontated to all 580 of the state’s prison and jail libraries. The existence of the petition surfaced on International Women’s Day. Women in Texas face extreme prejudice in Texas and often receive extremely harsh penalties for even a small amount of drugs, including marijuana. Marijuana is legal now in 21 states.
Inside prisons, the women are faced with such horrendous conditions… the petition demands that “filmmakers begin to take the issue seriously.” Also, the petition reminds that “even here in the USA in the 21st century citizens are not safe from government oppression.”
Actress, Producer, Additional Crew, Alex McKenna, has not responded to the petition. Nor has Innovative Artists, Zack Kaplan responded with a comment.
The screenplay “Dumbass” was penned by writer and retired professor of political science Alan Nafzger.
The premise of the story is that, “Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.”
The film would be set in contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long sentences for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has tripled in the last ten years, as mass incarcerations have proven profitable to not only the state but also profitable for an array of business interests.
Writer Alan Nafzger has called on Governor Greg Abbott to, “end the prison industry.”
Recently, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak spoke out against the Texas system and put a good word in for mercy and forgiveness out on social media. “How nice for those who have lived such exemplary lives that they can express glee when others have their lives ruined by a mistake, real or perceived,” Sajak tweeted last month.
The petition states, “Why don’t we have the ‘Adam Sandler’ character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.”
Alex McKenna has not commented on the script, thusfar. A statement is expected soon.
Professor Nafzger has made a short treatment of the project available online.
He has made the finished script available at for select filmmakers.
Jana Sandler of Happy Madison Productions has also expressed interest in the screenplay.
Alex McKenna is a Actress, Producer, Additional Crew known for Red Dead Redemption II (2018), Code Black (2015), Bear with Us (2016), Crossing Jordan (2001) and is represented by Innovative Artists, Zack Kaplan.
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Jack jumps on the bus! (Hes now in a situation where he has NO CHOICE BUT TO MAKE LEADERSHIP DECISIONS)
PLOT POINT I
· A third pattern, though, is a hero who fails or falls. The Godfather shows the moral fall of Michael Corleone (even as he rises in societal stature). Chinatown depicts the fall of Jake Gittes, despite his sincere and determined attempts to do the right thing. While Michael Corleone makes the choices he makes deliberately (although the pressure of family history weighs heavily); Jake is a pawn, up against the greater forces of a malevolent universe. The only thing Jake learns in Chinatown is that his best efforts are useless; he should have learned his lesson long ago that the only way to survive and not do damage is to do as little as possible.
· A second pattern is an innocent hero/ine who triumphs over evil and opposition and wins her/his goal through sheer goodness. (The Wizard of Oz and Slumdog Millionaire are good examples). The heroine and hero in those stories dont have huge character arcs (although both characters gain in personal strength); the lesson for us (the reader or audience) is a more general one of how virtue and passion and doing the right thing are rewarded (and hopefully we the reader or audience are inspired by the story to be virtuous ourselves).
· One is a hero/ine who starts the story in emotional trouble, if not actual physical trouble (generally brought on by the emotional problem!), who takes the journey of the story, is forced to confront her or his deficiencies, then overcomes them and triumphs to win a goal that was probably not the goal s/he started out with, but is clearly what s/he really needed all along. (This is the most common character arc).
For any story you write, there are certain big arcs that most characters fall into.