May 10, 2021

Ed Speleers screenplay subject of prison petition

Ed Speleers screenplay – Actor | Producer | Executive, Downton Abbey (2012-2014) | Outlander (2018-2020) | Wolf Hall (2015)


Ed Speleers screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Ed Speleers’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 Ed Speleers 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 Ed Speleers 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 Ed Speleers’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, Ed Speleers 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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-This requires special equipment, special everything and immediately increases a film’s budget. It also increases insurance rates, workman’s comp and things a producer will be considering before he purchases the script.


-Low-Budget Recommendation: Avoid big stunts. How do you get around this? There are several possibilities. For explosions, just write BIG BOOM and show the character’s reaction, as opposed to showing the actual explosion. For car chases, keep to under 2 minutes or come up with something less cliché than a car chase, like a unique foot chase.

But even if you’re not writing an overtly ensemble story or specialist team action story, there’s almost always a sense of assembling a team in the first act or first half of the second act. (Dorothy meeting the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion on the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz; Harry meeting Ron, Hermione and Neville on the train in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…) Because it’s just life: when we have a strong, life-changing desire, we tend to call on our friends and relatives and colleagues for help; or if we declare our intention to the Universe, then previously unknown allies show up who can help. The next few movies you watch, make a point of looking for the hero/ine’s team, and you’ll start to see this important element in action.

Ed Speleers – In fact there is often an entire sequence you could call ASSEMBLING THE TEAM, which comes early in the second act. The hero has a task and needs a group of specialists to get it done. Action movies, spy movies, and caper movies very often have this step, and it often lasts a whole sequence. Think of Armageddon, The Sting, Mission Impossible (I mean the great TV series, of course), The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, Star Wars, Inception. One of the delights of a sequence like this is that you see a bunch of highly skilled pros in top form — or alternately, a bunch of unlikely losers that you root for because they’re so perfectly pathetic. I had fun with this in The Harrowing; even if you’re not writing an action or caper story, which I definitely wasn’t in that book, if you’ve got an ensemble cast of characters, the techniques of an Assembling the Team sequence can be hugely helpful. The inevitable clash of personalities, the constant divaness and one-upmanship, and the reluctant bonding make for some great scenes. It’s a lively and compelling storytelling technique.

The hero/ine’s ALLIES will also be introduced in the second act, if they haven’t already been introduced in Act One. These are friends, relatives, colleagues, or experts that will help the hero/ine get their DESIRE.

(While we’re on the subject, I highly recommend, again, Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey and John Truby’s Anatomy of Story for in-depth discussions on archetypal characters such as the Herald, Mentor, Shapeshifter, Threshold Guardian, and Trickster/Fool.)

by: Ed Speleers – Actor | Producer | Executive, Downton Abbey (2012-2014) | Outlander (2018-2020) | Wolf Hall (2015)