June 19, 2021

Dennis Dugan asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Dennis Dugan to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Dennis Dugan (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

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Dennis Dugan – Talent Agents
– Actor, Director, Producer – Happy Gilmore (1996), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008), Big Daddy (1999), Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978) – The Gersh Agency, Abram Nalibotsky –


Dennis Dugan & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Dennis Dugan
Dennis Dugan
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Dennis Dugan 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 Dennis Dugan at The Gersh Agency, Abram Nalibotsky last week.

In the open letter to Dennis Dugan, 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 Dennis Dugan 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.”

Actor, Director, Producer, Dennis Dugan, has not responded to the petition. Nor has The Gersh Agency, Abram Nalibotsky responded with a comment.

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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.”

Dennis Dugan 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.

Dennis Dugan is a Actor, Director, Producer known for Happy Gilmore (1996), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008), Big Daddy (1999), Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978) and is represented by The Gersh Agency, Abram Nalibotsky.

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In Bad Santa, an alcoholic safe cracker befriends a chubby kid and learns empathy and how to be less selfish.

In The Ref, it’s Christmas when a burglar takes a feuding husband and wife hostage and inadvertently solves their marital difficulties, while learning a few lessons himself.


Ingenious storytelling, there, which is why one of the reasons I am continually turning to The Silence of the Lambs for my story structure examples.

It means that Clarice’s plan has failed, and Lecter will not be helping her catch Buffalo Bill. In fact, in the movie, when she gets the phone call that Lecter has escaped, Clarice says aloud, “It’s over. Catherine’s dead.” Because Clarice thinks that she needs Lecter to save Catherine. But Lecter, like the great mentor he is, has taught Clarice enough that she can catch Buffalo Bill and save Catherine herself (okay, with some help from the teaching of her other mentor, Crawford). So no, Lecter is not going to help Clarice catch Buffalo Bill and save Catherine. Clarice is going to have to do it herself.

Right: Lecter escapes. Well, what does that have to do with our heroine?

– What’s the second act climax of The Silence of the Lambs? (Hint: it’s the one sequence/setpiece that everyone remembers, and Clarice is nowhere near the action.)