Petition asks Stephen A Tibbo to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Stephen A Tibbo (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Stephen A Tibbo
Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.
Stephen A Tibbo & 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 Stephen A Tibbo 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 Stephen A Tibbo in Los Angeles last week.
In the open letter to Stephen A Tibbo, 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 Stephen A Tibbo 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.
Stephen A Tibbo, Ty Simpkins or Dan Futterman 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.”
Stephen A Tibbo 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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Its been different every single time, notes Jim Cash, who wrote Top Gun. You just write. You start with something, though. You start with what you feel to be the heart of the story, one way or another. Sometimes the heart of a story is a character, sometimes its a situation, sometimes its a personal story of a character. When I say a situation, I mean its something so unique that you can make a story out of it. Its just different every time (from American Screenwriters).
Even established screenwriters find that they begin different projects differently:
William Faulkner is reported to have said, Writing cant be taughtbut it can be learned, and I am inclined to agree with him.
But now complications begin to appear, so that by the end of this section, only 25 or 30 pages down the road, the hero fully realizes how difficult the task at hand actually is going to be.
Begin by reviewing the changes necessitated by the plot point at the end of Act One. The hero must be different now, if for no other reason than that s/he has committed to the story. S/he wants something and is going after it. The story spine of hero-goal-obstacle is in place. And the hero is engaged in the conflict now with optimism and initial success.
What Does the Hero Want Now?
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