TAMPA (WFLA) — A story of an accidental friendship between a grandmother and a high school senior is now set to be a movie produced by Netflix.
In 2016, Arizona grandmother Wanda Dench sent a text intended for her grandson, asking if he’d be coming over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Instead, she invited high school senior Jamal Hinton.
After telling Dench he wasn’t her grandson, he asked, “Can I still get a plate tho?” This would spark what would become a tradition for the two friends.
The tradition went on to include Hinton’s family and his girlfriend, persisting even after tragedy struck the Dench family when her husband, Lonnie Dench, died from COVID-19 complications.
Hinton announced the partnership on Twitter Thursday, saying he was excited to share the story in movie form.
I am very excited to announce our new partnership with Netflix. 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! 🎥🍾 pic.twitter.com/0heCmEWMDM— Jamal Hinton (@Jamalhinton12) December 2, 2021
According to Variety, the movie will be called “The Thanksgiving Text” and is being written by Abdul Williams, screenwriter for the films “Salt-N-Pepa” and “The Bobby Brown Story.”