May 14, 2021

Turning Point Pictures asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Turning Point Pictures to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Turning Point Pictures (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

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The petition also names Angel Manuel Soto & Burt Reynolds to participate in the film.

Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.

Turning Point Pictures & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

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In Texas, more than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler and Turning Point Pictures 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 Turning Point Pictures in Los Angeles last week.

In the open letter to Turning Point Pictures, 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 Turning Point Pictures  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.

Turning Point Pictures, Burt Reynolds or Angel Manuel Soto 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.”

Turning Point Pictures 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.

Turning Point Pictures is a well known production company known for Pinocchio and a number of other cool movies and is represented by Doug Lucterhand.

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Harsh words, perhaps, but words that tell an important truth. The essential point for the beginner to understand is that a screenplay is not a literary document. It is a blueprint for a movie, an invitation into a collaboration in which the screenwriter, who is the originator of the process, ends up being one of its least powerful members. This is the present reality.

“But they have made a bargain for success. Ultimately, the American picture depends on being a hit. The Writer’s Guild…has to face that fact. Screenwriters can’t write for the sake of words and reading. They are clever typists in a business that likes to regard all its necessary workers as properties. So nearly every screenwriter dies crushed – with a well-fed, well-maintained corpse surrounding a large soggy heart still yearning for novels, plays, poetry and respect.”

“‘Real’ writers,” he points out, “never trade away the privileges of copyright, of owning their work.” But screenwriters did just this, in something that resembles a Faustian pact, a pact with the devil:

“Yet screenwriting isn’t actually writing – that needs to be said and allowed to sink in. Writing cannot exist without reading, and in the movies, the only things that are read are contracts, credits and subtitles.”

Your script will be stronger if you can create this same cohesive flow in these early, important scenes.

One thing leads naturally to the other.

But look for ways to keep this flow of early moments related. In Jurassic Park, for example, first a worker is killed by a prehistoric predator; then the insurance man shows up, putting the park in jeopardy for safety reasons; and then the hero is hired to inspect and presumably endorse the park so that it can open on schedule.

Your script is more cohesive and focused if there’s some kind of logical connection from the hook, to the complication, to the hero’s call to action. Sometimes, however, the hook stands apart from the spine of the story, being a more peripheral moment that we nonetheless use because of its strength as a gripping moment to hook the audience into the story.

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