May 14, 2021

William Fichtner screenplay subject of prison petition

William Fichtner screenplay – Actor | Producer | Director, Crash (I) (2004) | Drive Angry (2011) | Armageddon (1998)


William Fichtner screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through William Fichtner’s “Dumbass”

Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?

19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director William Fichtner and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the William Fichtner production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.

PREMISE: 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.

SETTING: 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 time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. 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.

It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.

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About William Fichtner’s “Dumbass” Movie

The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, William Fichtner and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.

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The format is all over the place. One page uses (O.C.) and the next page uses (O.S.). Both mean the same thing, but a lack of consistency can quickly reveal an amateur.

Is dialogue consistently over 6 lines long for every single character? This doesn’t work. Short, pithy sentences with an occasional long-winded character would probably work better.

William Fichtner – Is the description written in blocks of 4-6 lines? If blocks run longer, then break them up into manageable chunks so the script doesn’t appear to be overwritten. Resolve this issue by only writing description that’s incorporated with action; start thinking of description as action.

Are there any T-pages or all-dialogue pages? A T-page is a page with all-dialogue and only one line of description literally making the page look like the letter “T”. More than two of these means the script’s too dialogue heavy. Same goes for all-dialogue pages. There should be few, if any in a screenplay. Film’s a visual medium!

[43:05] Back at the office, Jake (with bandaged nose) receives a call from Ida Sessions, the fake Mrs. Mulwray (and a potential suspect, right?).

William Fichtner – I would call this next sequence the LINING UP THE SUSPECTS sequence, which is a typical one for a murder mystery: the detective goes around to one suspect after another so we can get a close look at the players. Remember when I said that every genre has its games that it plays with the reader/audience? Well, this is a game that mystery fans love about this genre: a chance for them to solve the case along with the detective and “place their bets” about whodunit, so it’s important to deliver that if you’re writing in this genre. You don’t have to put all the suspects in one sequence, of course, but it’s an easy and logical way of organizing your story. And obviously, the SUSPECTS sequence will most likely want to come in the first half of the story, so we can be speculating on them throughout the action.


This is the SEQUENCE THREE CLIMAX, and it’s a great one: Jake almost dies and he nearly gets his nose cut off (another ATTACK ON HERO). The stakes have certainly escalated.

by: William Fichtner – Actor | Producer | Director, Crash (I) (2004) | Drive Angry (2011) | Armageddon (1998)