May 18, 2021

Lynn Whitfield asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Lynn Whitfield to read prison screenplay

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

Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield – Talent Agents
– Actress, Producer – Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Eve’s Bayou (1997), Head of State (2003) – TalentWorks, Brandy Gold – Stride Management, James Jolly

Dumbass, One More River to Cross

Lynn Whitfield & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Lynn Whitfield
Lynn Whitfield
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Lynn Whitfield 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 Lynn Whitfield at TalentWorks, Brandy Gold last week.

In the open letter to Lynn Whitfield, 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 Lynn Whitfield 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.”

Actress, Producer, Lynn Whitfield, has not responded to the petition. Nor has TalentWorks, Brandy Gold 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.”

Lynn Whitfield 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.

Lynn Whitfield is a Actress, Producer known for Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Eve’s Bayou (1997), Head of State (2003) and is represented by TalentWorks, Brandy Gold.

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What would you do if you started to watch a TV show and twenty minutes into it nothing had really happened yet? I’ll bet you’d change the channel. We all would! If you wouldn’t tolerate this sort of boredom from the TV, why would you chose to bore a captive audience who paid money for any longer than 10 minutes to get them interested in the story? TV only takes 1-3 minutes to grab their audience, so at 10 minutes to grab a feature-film audience (or a reader/producer) the screenwriter has 7 minutes longer to grab the viewer than a TV show, which is a generous amount of time.

The comparison between TV and screenplays seems unfair. TV is reduced to 1-hour while the feature-film writer has 2-hours (120 minutes) of time to consume. This is true, but…

“First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing, ask: What is it, in itself; what is its nature…? “

I think it’s critical to be conscious of not just the detailed psychology, but the essence of the villain you’re creating. Take a page from the Lecter that I love, in Silence:


But too much detail can work against you. I mean, did you really want to know that Lecter was an aristocrat and got turned into a cannibalistic killer because he saw his little sister eaten by German soldiers? Too much information! It ruined the character for me. I just pretend to forget it.