Yesterday, Netflix announced that they will be releasing a movie version of the heartwarming encounter between Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench on a thanksgiving morning in 2016. Thanksgiving grandma Wanda and Jamal Hinton just celebrated the six year anniversary of befriending one another through a random text. The two exchanged texts suddenly after Wanda reached out with an invitation that was intended for family members. Jamal, 17 at the time, responded kindly informing her that she was mistaken. She then ended up inviting Jamal, who she had never met, to her thanksgiving dinner. Jamal, of course, then took to Twitter to tell the story. Upon hearing their “Thanksgiving Fairytale” the streaming service offered to produce an adaptation of it and release it to the public.
The two have remained friends and have continued the tradition of celebrating thanksgiving together every year. Netflix’s version of this story is to be called “Thanksgiving Text” and will describe how the friendship of the pair came to be. Hinton took to Twitter once again to make the big announcement:
““I am very excited to announce our new partnership with Netflix,” Hinton, 22, shared on Twitter. Speaking on behalf of Dench, 64, he added, “We thank every single one of you for your love and support in our journey the last 6 years. We can’t wait to tell our story on the big screen!””
Though it is yet undecided how Netflix will go about executing this adaptation, certain crew members have been hired, including “Salt-N-Peppa” Abdul Williams, to write the script. I chose this article because it is a good example of what makes a story go viral. We have had several discussions about this and statistics of going viral in class, and we have always discussed the cuteness and relatable factor. i think that this very simple story has happened many times and is very relatable. It has themes of kindness and festivity which makes it a great story to publish.