Petition asks J. August Richards to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  J. August Richards (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

J. August Richards asked to read prison screenplay

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– Actor, Producer, Director – Angel (1999), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Notorious (2016), Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2014) – Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron – Vault Entertainment, Adam Griffin


J. August Richards & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


J. August Richards

More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler calling on J. August Richards 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 J. August Richards at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron last week.

In the open letter to J. August Richards, 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 J. August Richards 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, Producer, Director, J. August Richards, has not responded to the petition. Nor has Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron responded with a comment.

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The screenplayDumbass” 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.

During the winter’s deep freeze, the The Marshall Project, exposed the horrible prison conditions, “Inside Frigid Texas Prisons: Broken Toilets, Disgusting Food, Few Blankets.”

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.”

J. August Richards has not commented on the script, thus far. 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.

Adam Sandler of Happy Madison Productions has expressed interest in the screenplay.

J. August Richards is a Actor, Producer, Director known for Angel (1999), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Notorious (2016), Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2014) and is represented by Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron.

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If the external conflict is the couple will be eaten by wolves in Oregon, then it’s not a RomCom! The main conflict MUST relate somehow to love. The Wedding Planner is probably the most straightforward example of this. The female lead, played by Jennifer Lopez, is a woman who plans wedding, but has never been married and the guy she’s fallen for is her client’s fiancé! Everything in the story relates to love.


Will the couple ever get together? If the story’s about a married couple who split up, then the primary question is whether they’ll get back together and it’s not a RomCom! RomComs revolve around fresh, new relationships with couples who seem destined to be together, but something is keeping them apart!


I should also note that it may take the hero/ine a while to recalibrate. In movies, you very often see a MONTAGE after the Midpoint Climax that shows the passage of time, as in The Godfather and Notting Hill and Stranger Than Fiction.

As always, whenever and however the hero/ine decides to change the plan, it’s useful to state it aloud, along with stating how the stakes have been raised.


– In While You Were Sleeping, Lucy’s PLAN is to continue pretending to be Peter’s fiancée to keep his family happy while he’s in the coma (partly to keep his grandmother from having a heart attack). At the Midpoint, Peter wakes from the coma, and now Lucy plans to confess the ruse to the family (but it’s complicated…).