It’s not unusual for real-life stories to transcend into reel world. And now, internet’s favourite holiday story is also getting a Netflix rendition. The ‘Thanksgiving Grandma’, who went viral for accidentally inviting a stranger for feast, is all set to get a movie inspired by her true story.
In 2016, when Wanda Dench sent out a wrong text to the then high-schooler Jamal Hinton, mistaking his number for her grandson, a beautiful event followed. Despite realising it went to a wrong person, Dench invited Hinton for a Thanksgiving dinner, a gesture that wasn’t an isolated event but went onto become internet’s favourite holiday ritual.
Now, six years after they formed a unique bond, Hinton shared an exciting news on Twitter, saying their feel-good story is set to become a film for the global streaming platform. Announcing the joyous news, the young man posted their latest photos from this year’s reunion, alongside Dench and his girlfriend, along with a photo of her husband Lonnie.
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
Over the years, Dench has since extended her invitation to Hinton’s girlfriend and his family to join them in the yearly festivities. As the pandemic hit, their reunion became poignant, leaving people around the world emotional after Dench’s husband of 42 years, passed away in April 2020 owing to Covid complications.
However, their beautiful friendship has stood the test of time and has only grown stronger. Now, people around the world eagerly wait for their annual get-together photos every year.
“Can’t wait to see this story brought to life!” Netflix commented about the special project. And it wasn’t just the OTT platform that got excited on social media but many of their followers.
can’t wait to see this story brought to life!
— Netflix (@netflix) December 2, 2021
Awesome!! Something positive for a change. Just people loving other people. Also, just reading the comments here gives me hope. There are more caring people out there than we may think sometimes. The reaction to this is heartwarming.
— Ryan N. (@RyanNew95488805) December 3, 2021
Congratulations! 🎉🎊 This is one of my favorite holiday stories!! Happy for you and your “grandma”! Family is definitely what you make it and defies blood!! 💞
— MD Gonzalez (@OhYesITravel) December 3, 2021
So wonderful!! I have followed your story from the start. Think of you and the family every Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see the film. Your story touched many lives. Rest In Peace Lonnie ❤️
— Sylvie Abrams (@nicolesylvie) December 2, 2021
— 🎀🌸MOOKS🌸🎀 (@GhostOfLuv3) December 2, 2021
This is amazing 🙌🏽🙌🏽 I just wish Lonnie was here to be a part of this amazing experience. pic.twitter.com/7RgHgZ7eJ1
— TheRealMichelle (@Michiiboo01) December 2, 2021
Me when they give a special tribute to Lonnie in the documentary pic.twitter.com/B0JGsJ5U5e
— CJ (@playboiceej) December 2, 2021
I can see it being like a hallmark movie, wholesome stories / flashbacks thrown in while they’re enjoying each meal every year about the events in their lives (good/bad) etc. It’ll be a nice little watch anyway. Not everything needs to be action packed and comedy.
— Tolley (@Toll3Y_) December 3, 2021
I love when great things happen to great people. I’ll be watching, I am already crine pic.twitter.com/FD6VjxkbOb
— Logan Roy’s imaginary cat | #BlackLivesMatter (@stupideejit) December 2, 2021
“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, according to Variety. “We are so blessed to find a genuine friendship brought together by God from a mistaken text message.”