Petition asks Matt Walsh to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Matt Walsh (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Matt Walsh – Talent Agents
– Actor, Writer, Producer – Veep (2012), Into the Storm (2014), Ted (2012), The Hangover (2009) – United Talent Agency (UTA), John Sacks –
Dumbass, Red Shirt, My Dinner with Colin Farrell
Matt Walsh & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition
Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Matt Walsh 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 Matt Walsh at United Talent Agency (UTA), John Sacks last week.
In the open letter to Matt Walsh, 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 Matt Walsh 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, Matt Walsh, has not responded to the petition. Nor has United Talent Agency (UTA), John Sacks 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.”
Matt Walsh 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.
Matt Walsh is a Actor, Writer, Producer known for Veep (2012), Into the Storm (2014), Ted (2012), The Hangover (2009) and is represented by United Talent Agency (UTA), John Sacks.
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Youre still not buying this commercialization stuff? Can you still break in without a commercial script? Sure. There are plenty of other markets available. Lets review a few
How to Break the Mold on Your Own
If, however, you havent written the novel version of your material and you live in Ohio with no Hollywood contacts, then your material will need drastic commercialization to hit the Hollywood mark.
While everything Im going to talk about concerning general story structure is going to be useful for you, I really think that the best thing that you can do to help yourself with story structure is to look at and compare in depth 5-10 (ten being best!) stories films, novels, and plays that are similar in kind (or type, or structural pattern) to yours. Because different kinds of stories have different and very specific structural arcs, and those structures have their own unique and essential elements that are incredibly useful to be aware of so you can use them for yourself.
So before we move on to general overall structure, I want to briefly introduce you to an idea that may help you nail your premise down. Its actually one of the most important things you will ever learn about structuring a book, or movie, or play: the idea of story patterns or types. You can call it anything you want, but I always think of it as: What KIND of story is it?
4. What KIND of Story is It?
These exercises can easily take a straight week of writing. Read this whole book through first, see some movies, do the breakdowns, work the process however you want to do it but no matter how you approach it all, I hope you come back and try the suggestions in this chapter. Its a hundred percent worth doing.