Kim Kardashian’s quest to free ex-prisoner Alice Marie Johnson from a life sentence is turning into a Hollywood movie.
Johnson, now a justice activist, told DailyMailTV exclusively that Hollywood studios have submitted proposals for biopics she plans to develop.
The 66-year-old, whom Kardashian convinced former President Donald Trump to release from prison in 2018, is set to co-write the script.
Johnson made the announcement Saturday at the NFL Alumni Association’s Super Bowl party in Hollywood.
Award-winning actresses Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett and Regina King are the justice reform advocate’s preferred choice to play in the film.
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Alice Marie Johnson’s life sentence was commuted in 2018 after Kim Kardashian lobbied for her release.
Johnson, who served 21 years for a non-violent drug offense, received a commutation from President Donald Trump in 2018 before being granted a full pardon in 2020. They are pictured together at the 2019 Prison Reform Summit at the White House.
Speaking to DailyMailTV at the NFL Alumni Association Super Bowl Party in Hollywood on Saturday, Johnson said her life story is turning into a Hollywood movie.
While many in Hollywood attacked President Trump before and after his time in the White House, she vowed to present him with sympathy, saying she was “forever grateful” for his release order four years ago and then a full pardon. .
Johnson made headlines when Kardashian visited the White House in 2018 and took her case to Trump in person, convincing him that a life sentence for the first non-violent drug offense was wrong.
Speaking on camera about Hollywood’s plans to turn her life story into a film, Johnson said, “I already had a few offers.
“I looked at several actresses that I would like to play me.
“I love Queen Latifah. I think she would be a strong character that would show her survival instincts.
“I love Angela Bassett very much. The reason I love her is because I love to dance and she is a great actress and dancer. There are others on my list: I love Regina King.
“I need someone who can bring passion and every facet of my life to the big screen, not just be a prisoner who survived and got out, but really humanize my story.
“And also to show the ups and downs, because I really could have given up, but I didn’t.
Johnson told DailyMailTV that she already “had a few offers” and intends to write a script about her life.
In regards to potential actresses who could play her, Johnson called Queen Latifah someone who could play a strong character and “bring her survival instincts”.
Award-winning stars Regina King and Angela Bassett were also on Johnson’s list, she said.
“I am a fighter. So I need someone who has a fighting spirit.”
Johnson added that she wanted to go into film, having staged plays performed by inmates during her time in prison.
“I would like to help with the script because I am passionate about it.
“I don’t want anything that is just a nice story.
“I hope my story is one of hope, survival, and not just lemons turning into lemonade. “In life, we will have things that knock us down, but how we react to those things shapes people.
“I could have gone the other way and let the prison get inside of me. I didn’t allow myself to be adjusted to where I was.”
Said she wanted the film to be grounded and not turn into a glamorous upbeat Hollywood biopic.
“I want them to see that I am an ordinary person who made a mistake. And for that first mistake, they gave me life plus 25 years without the possibility of parole. They need to see how this justice system is broken. I am not unique.
“This gives me an opportunity to put criminal justice reform in the spotlight.”
Kim Kardashian’s (left) first trip to the Trump White House took place in May 2018, when President Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence a few days later.
Kardashian visited President Trump again at the White House in 2020 to discuss criminal justice reform with recently released prisoners.
Johnson served nearly 22 years in federal prison. After being released in 2018 in the aftermath of the Kardashian campaign, she began campaigning for pardons for the likes of her, serving lengthy sentences for relatively minor, non-violent and first offenses.
Her non-profit organization, Action for Good (TAG), has advocated for more than 100 clemency and clemency petitions and has helped 46 people get a second chance.
Her story is credited with the passage in 2018 of the First Step Act, a law that rewards good behavior in prison with reduced sentences and job training.
“It means a lot to me to tell other people’s stories,” she said. “It’s not about what I did. It’s about the people I represent.”
The activist said her charity work will remain prioritized over her Hollywood offerings, though she now considers A-lister Kardashian a friend.
“When I met Kim Kardashian, I didn’t even know who she was. I didn’t have any preconceived notions about her. I met her as a friend who protected me. We have a very close relationship now.
“I’ve actually been so busy moving from state to state. Just to see the fruits of your labor, bringing communities together and rebuilding families. It’s hard, but very rewarding work.”
She said she believes Kim, who is studying to be a lawyer, is likely to follow her father Robert Kardashian in criminal defense.
Johnson vowed to portray President Trump with sympathy, saying she was “eternally grateful” for his release order four years ago and then a full pardon.
“I think Kim was born with it in her but didn’t realize she had it until my case came along. My case changed her life and she changed my life too. Because she saw the results of the struggle. She said, “If I can save someone’s life, I’ll do anything.”
“I told Kim that she was born with this DNA and she needed my case to understand what was in it.”
Johnson was convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.
She was addicted to gambling and was heavily in debt. When Tennessee gang members asked her to pick up disposable phones for them in exchange for cash, she agreed, a decision she now deeply regrets.
But when prosecutors uncovered the gang’s drug-dealing scheme, Johnson said she was mistakenly called “Queen of the Queen” and sentenced to a draconian sentence despite her previous clean slate.
“I was an ordinary person, I worked and took care of my children. And crises happened,” she said. “Sometimes in crisis situations we need to do better.”
Two years after her early release, Johnson was invited to the White House in 2020, where Trump surprised her with a presidential pardon.
The activist, who previously spoke to DailyMailTV in October (pictured), said her philanthropic work will remain prioritized over her Hollywood offerings.
She said that behind the scenes, he seemed like a very different man than the one she saw on TV.
“Despite the fact that many things have been written about [Trump] on a personal level, I had the opportunity to have a different type of relationship,” she said.
“He listened to me. There were no cameras.
“He was interested in what I was saying. And he allowed me to use this platform to save the lives of many people.”
Johnson joined a host of stars this weekend, including former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis and controversial ex-Trump aide Omarose Newman at the NFL Alumni Association’s official Super Bowl Party at the EK Gallery in Los Angeles over the weekend.
The event was organized by Athletes for Life, founded by former NFL Pro Bowl runner Greg Bell, a charity dedicated to promoting a drug-free life and the benefits of sports for children.