June 19, 2021

Jacquie Barnbrook asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Jacquie Barnbrook to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Jacquie Barnbrook (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

Jacquie Barnbrook

The petition also names Betsy Sodaro & Shia LaBeouf to participate in the film.

Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.

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Jacquie Barnbrook
Jacquie Barnbrook
In Texas, more than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler and Jacquie Barnbrook 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 Jacquie Barnbrook in Los Angeles last week.

In the open letter to Jacquie Barnbrook, 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 Jacquie Barnbrook  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.

Jacquie Barnbrook, Shia LaBeouf or Betsy Sodaro have not responded to the petition. Nor has Jana Sandler 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.”

Jacquie Barnbrook 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.

Jacquie Barnbrook is a well known production company known for Lucy 2 and a number of other cool movies and is represented by Doug Lucterhand.

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In The Screenwriter’s Bible, Trottier lists these features of high concept:

The essence of high concept is that it is both brief and provocative. It piques the imagination and promises that big things are going to happen out of an ordinary situation. . . . The test is in whether you can describe a provocative movie in one or two lines. If someone else were to look at that one-liner and ask, But what’s the movie about?, then you do not have a high concept. The next step is to breeze through a copy of TV Guide and read the one-liners used to describe scheduled movies. Try to emulate the style and structure of TV Guide listings in executing your idea.

In How to Sell Your Idea to Hollywood, Robert Kosberg, who is something of a Hollywood legend in his ability to pitch high concept to studios, defines it this way:

What Is High Concept?

More for Forest People (Plot Point)

That’s why you’re a tree person—to solve problems sooner rather than later.

But hopefully you eliminated these kinds of problems while you were thinking through your paradigm chart. Hopefully much of your writing of Act One has been expanding on the scenes already developed by your structuring tools.

If you answer “no” to any of the questions above, put on your editorial hat and start fixing the script—or the paradigm, if you prefer to rethink with your starting tools—until you can answer “yes” to all of them.

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