Netflix Making Movie About Grandma Inviting a Stranger to Thanksgiving Dinner

Accidental text becoming Netflix movie
Accidental text becoming Netflix movie (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/FOX5)

Wanda Dench of Arizona texted a complete stranger, Jamal Hinton, to join her for Thanksgiving dinner five years ago, sparking a lifelong connection.

According to Variety, Netflix plans to convert the heartwarming story into a full-length feature, “The Thanksgiving Text,” which will tell the story the events that led to their now-annual holiday celebration.

Dench, now 64, was attempting to contact her grandson when she unintentionally connected with Hinton, a high school senior at the time, now 22, who joked, “You not my grandma.” “Can I still get a plate?” “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do … feed everyone” she replied.

In the spirit of the season, the erroneous text message in 2016 would spark a Thanksgiving dinner tradition in their native town of Mesa, which has kept going to this day — and as their viral fame persists.

They’ve also graciously shared pictures and videos from their frequent meetings, re-igniting social networks with every passing year.

Dench and Hinton have both expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming movie.

“We are excited to share our story with the world. We hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections that they wouldn’t ordinarily make,” Dench and Hinton said in a joint statement. “We are so blessed to find a genuine friendship brought together by God from a mistaken text message.”

The screenplay is being written by Abdul Williams (“Salt-N-Pepa,” “The Bobby Brown Story”). Netflix has yet to name a director or cast the film.

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