May 10, 2021

Casper Van Dien screenplay subject of prison petition

Casper Van Dien screenplay – Actor | Producer | Director, Starship Troopers (1997) | Alita: Battle Angel (2019) | Sleepy Hollow (1999)


Casper Van Dien screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Casper Van Dien’s “Dumbass”

Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?

19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Casper Van Dien and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Casper Van Dien production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.

PREMISE: 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.

SETTING: 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 time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. 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.

It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.

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About Casper Van Dien’s “Dumbass” Movie

The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Casper Van Dien and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.

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The lack of a visual, external conflict, “on the nose” dialogue, nothing external at stake, predictable scenes and plot devices are a few of the reasons a story like this, presented as a spec script from an aspiring screenwriter, would be a hard sale. Think of it from a Hollywood reader’s perspective. One of the primary things they’re looking for is a visual film – one that’s told via the externals, but an all character-driven story isn’t going to deliver = a pass.

It’s obvious this film got made because Jack Nicholson became interested in the project. It was an interesting character study with some entertaining moments, like when Warren falls asleep atop his motor home or when Kathy Bates’ character does the nude scene in the hot tub. It’s a “character study.”

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5) The scenes and overall plot are predictable.


Casper Van Dien – Some stories have what Alfred Hitchcock called a MacGuffin: an object that everyone wants and is racing and fighting to get. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Ark is the MacGuffin. In Romancing the Stone, it’s the treasure map and the emerald the map leads to. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it’s the Sorcerer’s Stone. In The Maltese Falcon, it’s the Maltese Falcon. In The Treasure of the Sierra Madre… well, I think you get it. And yeah, you can often tell a story is going to be a MacGuffin story because it’s right there in the title.


Building a countdown to a big event into the story creates an overall sense of urgency. We’ll talk more about this technique in subsequent chapters, but for example: In The Silence of the Lambs, we learn (very early) that the killer holds his victims for three days before he kills them. So when the next victim is kidnapped, we know our heroine, Clarice, only has three days to save her. In The Hangover, we know that the groomsmen have to find the lost groom before the wedding on Sunday. A clock can start any time in the story, and there may be more than one. And a clock is very specific: it is an exact time frame that is stated aloud: three days to save the victim, four days to break up the ex’s wedding, one month to train for a big sports event.

by: Casper Van Dien – Actor | Producer | Director, Starship Troopers (1997) | Alita: Battle Angel (2019) | Sleepy Hollow (1999)