June 19, 2021

Marvin Worth Productions asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Marvin Worth Productions to read prison screenplay

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

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The petition also names Ingvar Sigurdsson & Patrick McGoohan to participate in the film.

Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.

Marvin Worth Productions & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


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

In the open letter to Marvin Worth Productions, 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 Marvin Worth Productions  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.

Marvin Worth Productions, Patrick McGoohan or Ingvar Sigurdsson 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.”

Marvin Worth Productions 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.

Marvin Worth Productions is a well known production company known for My Best Friend and a number of other cool movies and is represented by Doug Lucterhand.

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In the competitive cottage industry of “how to write a screenplay,” everybody can’t sit around and agree that Syd Field is right. Or even that Aristotle is right—who after all was first with this approach. How do we get any business that way?

Spin-offs of the 3-Act Paradigm

The bottom line is creating in the audience the question, What happens next? These creative structures do not violate 3-act storytelling but extend its power and possibilities.

Consider the unusual movie Memento (2000), which has repetitive, non-chronological scenes and is presented as something of a puzzle. At first, it may seem that this story has no traditional dramatic structure at all. But dramatic structure depends on the order of information presented to the audience. Once this is understood, Memento’s “traditional” 3-act structure becomes clear: a hook in which the protagonist “has a condition”; a complication in which this is identified as very short-term memory loss; a first act plot point in which we understand he is on a mission of revenge, to find and kill the man who raped and murdered his wife; a midpoint in which a woman who has been helping him is revealed to be, in fact, using him; and an end of Act Two low point in which we realize the man is trapped to continue his search forever. In a sense, here it is the audience as well as the non-understanding protagonist who has a journey. All the same, 3-act dramatic movement is in place.

And then there is the showdown, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Again, this can be presented in a variety of setups and contexts.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

The ticking clock involves a race against time. If your story lends itself to this kind of high suspense at the end, by all means use it.

In Chinatown, however, Mrs. Mulray is killed and the antagonist, her father, gets to run off into the sunset with his granddaughter, a bleak and dark ending. Film noir is perhaps the one popular genre in which unhappy endings are readily accepted by the audience (in Body Heat, the “villain” also wins).

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