Petition asks Gorgeous Enterprises to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Gorgeous Enterprises (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.
Gorgeous Enterprises & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition
Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?
In Texas, more than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler and Gorgeous Enterprises calling on 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 Gorgeous Enterprises in Culver City last week.
In the open letter to Gorgeous Enterprises, 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 Gorgeous Enterprises for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.
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.”
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.
Gorgeous Enterprises, Nick Stahl or Joanna Scanlan have not responded to the petition. Nor has Jana Sandler 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.”
Gorgeous Enterprises 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.
Jessica Kovacevic of Happy Madison Productions has also expressed interest in the screenplay.
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A treatment of our story thus might begin: The First Lady is making the rounds at a childrens hospital. She moves from bed to bed, taking time to meet personally with many of the children. Outside the hospital, two suspicious characters are watching her activities with binoculars, catching as much of her movement through the windows as possible.
After the step outline, still other tree people then would go to a third step, writing a treatment. A treatment is a prose telling of the screen story, using almost no dialogue, that is written in the present tense.
One way to do this would be to take the outline above and now develop it scene by scene, putting each scene (described in one or two sentences) on a different index card.
The development above is the sort of thing a tree person does before s/he begins to write a screenplay. Many go from the work sheet, or something similar, to a second step: writing a step outline.
Back to the drawing boards, but now with my original older, shy protagonist. We still needed a new ending. To make a long story short, several drafts later I ended up with a version retaining the protagonistand also adding the romantic element, in that he still ends up with the young womanand finally I had a draft that everybody liked, myself and the producer and my agent. I was close to the original concept, but with a better hook, a more driving narrative, and a new ending.
So I changed the story again in a major way. No luck. The producer was not enthusiastic about the result. Meanwhile my agent, hearing of all these changes, asked to see the latest version. She hated it and told me so. Moreover, she called the producer and argued that our protagonist had to be fifty or the story wouldnt work. We won this argument when the producers wife read the script and agreed with us.
And then a startling thing happened. For the first time, he told me what he really liked about the scriptand that was its similarity in feel to Pretty Woman. He wanted a love story between a guy and a prostitute! We talked some more, and I followed his lead to suggest that the same characters could be reshaped into a story closer to a romantic drama than to a thriller. Lets try that, he suggested.
The producer read it immediately and phoned me. He was shocked that I had made such major changes. Moreover, he didnt like this version better but worse. We had a long, serious phone chat.
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