Petition asks Mana Films/Tony Boldi to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Mana Films/Tony Boldi (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Mana Films/Tony Boldi
Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.
Mana Films/Tony Boldi & 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 Mana Films/Tony Boldi 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 Mana Films/Tony Boldi in Los Angeles last week.
In the open letter to Mana Films/Tony Boldi, 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 Mana Films/Tony Boldi 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.
Mana Films/Tony Boldi, Patrick Fugit or David Walliams 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.”
Mana Films/Tony Boldi 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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Still another forest person is author Truman Capote, who has written a number of memorable television dramas:
Another screenwriter, I.A.L. Diamond (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Apartment), says, Im afraid that if I get it worked out too well, then Im going to find the writing boring. Id rather just have a few signposts and leave a lot of wide-open spaces, so things can happen when Im writing. I dont like to have it down too cold or too well figured out before I start, because I think some of the excitement and enthusiasm goes out of it (American Screenwriters).
No, I just start writing. And sometimes I dont know where its going to go. Thats when it gets really exciting to me, when I dont know here its going to go, because its not locked in, its not set (from American Screenwriters).
Joe Eszterhas, who established himself in the 1980s and 1990s as the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywoods history, replied to the question of whether or not he worked within a three-act structure this way:
In Nixon, there are no surprises for many in the audience because we already know the story. So it is the ingenious construction of the narrative itself, the structure of the story, that drives this movies considerable suspense and tension (helped hugely by Anthony Hopkins brilliant portrayal). Also, we see a behind the scenes Nixon (whether historically accurate or not, it is dramatically true) that even gets our sympathy, despite his law-breaking paranoia. We find him fascinating, and so we want to know not so much what is going to happen (we know that already) but why it happened. We are engaged to learn thisand waiting for the outcome keeps us in suspense.
In Chinatown, we follow Jake from clue to clue to the mystery that is at the heart of our storybut like him, we misinterpret everything until Mrs. Mulray tells us the shocking truth, Shes my sister, shes my daughter, shes my sister, shes my daughter …
In Fargo, the black comedy of errors that turns what was a hare-brained scheme to begin with into an even bigger mess, suspense builds with each mishap. We quickly learn that one of the hoods is crazy, so whenever he is in a scene, we cant help but wonder what atrocity hes going to do next. This builds suspense and tension. A character can be walking around like a time bomb, just as the plot can be a ticking clock.
In The Graduate, suspense is more gentleuntil the climax. We quickly side with Benjamin against the shallow environment in which hes been raised, and we want to know if hes going to find a future that lets him escape it. Then when he falls for Elaine, we want the happy ending. Since we want the happy ending, the more obstacles in the way of it, the more tension were going to feeland this really develops when the ticking clock of the impending marriage happens in Act Three. But note how a quieter suspense and tension works through the first half of Act Two, when Benjamin goes to Berkeley to try to win Elaine back. We dont need dinosaurs roaming the earth to need to know what happens next. We watch Benjamin stalk Elaine and listen to Simon and Garfunkeland it works fine.
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