Petition asks Milton I Moritz Co Inc to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Milton I Moritz Co Inc (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
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Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.
Milton I Moritz Co Inc & 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 Milton I Moritz Co Inc 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 Milton I Moritz Co Inc in Los Angeles last week.
In the open letter to Milton I Moritz Co Inc, 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 Milton I Moritz Co Inc 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.
Milton I Moritz Co Inc, Ed Harris or Elon Musk 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.”
Milton I Moritz Co Inc 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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Later, in the eighties, new fashionable terms came into place that suggested how a scene would be shot. ANGLE ON became a popular slugline and sometimes the name of the character would become a slugline, suggesting the same thing.
Therefore, the evolution of format has been in the direction of removing directoral power from the screenwriter. This process was gradual. After specific camera directions dropped out of accepted format, general directions replaced them. Instead of technical terms like “DOLLY SHOT,” writers would describe the same thing in more general language: “the CAMERA MOVES along with them as they walk down the street.”
Taking Power from the Writer
Someone should write a book on the evolution of screenplay format. It’s a fascinating subject. I remember looking into screenwriting some thirty years ago and quickly abandoning it because screenplay format was filled with technical jargon that I was too lazy to learn. Terms like “TWO SHOT” and “DOLLY SHOT” were everywhere. In those days, the screenwriter contributed to directing the film by including in the script precise directions for how the camera would shoot the scene. However, directors went ahead and did what they wanted to do, regardless of “in script” direction, so format change was inevitable in order to make the screenplay a more clean and efficient “blueprint for a movie.” Directors, not writers, were going to direct the film and format was bound to change to reflect this reality.
Moreover, the producer, who is paying the superstar millions of dollars (more than s/he is paying you!), does not want to buy anyone a free lunch. The producer wants you to work the tail off the superstar.
The point is this: with a superstar playing your main character, the rules change. Superstars want Big Roles. They do not like to be off screen for five, ten minutes at a time.
As you write, cast your hero with a well-known actor or actress. Now in this exercise, forget about any realistic possibility that such a superstar will actually play the role in your movie. Thats not the point now.
Cast Yourself a Superstar
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