June 20, 2021

Jim Beaver asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Jim Beaver to read prison screenplay

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

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver – Talent Agents
– Actor, Writer, Producer – Deadwood (2004), Supernatural (2005), Breaking Bad (2008), Crimson Peak (2015) – Illumina Productions, Julie Caitlin Brown –


Jim Beaver & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Jim Beaver 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 Jim Beaver at Illumina Productions, Julie Caitlin Brown last week.

In the open letter to Jim Beaver, 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 Jim Beaver 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, Writer, Producer, Jim Beaver, has not responded to the petition. Nor has Illumina Productions, Julie Caitlin Brown 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.”

Jim Beaver 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.

Jim Beaver is a Actor, Writer, Producer known for Deadwood (2004), Supernatural (2005), Breaking Bad (2008), Crimson Peak (2015) and is represented by Illumina Productions, Julie Caitlin Brown.

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Everything that happens in the entire story MUST be setup in Act I. Don’t think this means you have to reveal vital information. Just showing a nail clipper on a bathroom sink may seem irrelevant in Act I, but could end up being the murder weapon in Act III. It’s also vitally important to remember that the audience tries to anticipate a story – it’s human nature. Therefore, anything you introduce in Act I, the audience will be seeking its payoff. The trick here is to give them the payoff, but with a twist they didn’t see coming. For example, if you show the nail clipper in Act I, the audience will suspect it’s the murder weapon. In Act III, it appears it is indeed, but come to find out it wasn’t murder after all, but self-defense. Adding a twist is the trick to payoffs.


Act I is where the writer can get away with longer scenes because he’s setting up the story. This doesn’t mean 5-10 page scenes. It means 2-4 pages as opposed to 1-3 pages. The character can also chat more, but watch the length. Film’s a visual medium, not a talking heads medium – that’s TV. Keep in mind that as the screenplay progresses into Act III, scenes should become shorter and faster to give the feeling that the story’s coming to a conclusion.

Let’s look at some examples of how plans work.

And the protagonist’s plan (and the corresponding plan of the antagonist’s) actually drives the entire action of the second act. Stating the plan tells us what the CENTRAL ACTION of the story will be. So it’s critical to set up the plan by the end of Act One, or at the very beginning of Act Two at the latest.

Her reaction to that problem or situation is to formulate a PLAN, even if that plan is vague or even completely subconscious. But somewhere in there, there is a plan, and storytelling is usually easier if you have the hero/ine or someone else (maybe you, the author!) state that plan clearly, so the audience or reader knows exactly what the expectation is.

In the first act of a story, the hero/ine is introduced, and that hero/ine either has or quickly develops a DESIRE. She might have a PROBLEM that needs to be solved, or someone or something she WANTS, or a bad situation that she needs to get out of, pronto.