June 20, 2021

Ato Essandoh asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Ato Essandoh to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Ato Essandoh (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

Ato Essandoh

Ato Essandoh – Talent Agents
– Actor, Soundtrack, Producer – Jason Bourne (2016), Blood Diamond (2006), Garden State (2004), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) – A3 Artists Agency, Robert Attermann – Sinclair Management, Judith Lesley


Ato Essandoh & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Ato Essandoh
Ato Essandoh
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Ato Essandoh and Hollywood to take “movie action” to tackle injustice against men and women in the wake of revelations that Texas has more prisoners incarcerated than the Soviet Union’s gulag system had. Texas currently has over 290,000 inmates housed at 580 facilities.

The signatories, including state senators, professors of criminal justice, social workers, family, and inmates, call for a “firm commitment” to tackle the unjust prisons in Texas. The petition has also been signed by Beto O’Rourke, and Matthew McConaughey. These two signatories might face each other in the 2022 Texas governors election. Both have expressed interest in the job.  The petitions arrived for Ato Essandoh at A3 Artists Agency, Robert Attermann last week.

In the open letter to Ato Essandoh, the 2080 women write that they are “heartbroken for first-time drug offenders many times addicts who have received extremely harsh sentences in Texas when rehabilitation has proven a cheaper and more effective solution.”  The petition goes on to say their family and friends are often heartbroken for and looking for redemption and rehabilitation for the victimless drug crimes.”

The signatories, including attorneys, professors, politicians, family members, and inmates, call on Ato Essandoh for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.

The petition came to light when women discovered the screenplay, a copy which was dontated to all 580 of the state’s prison and jail libraries. The existence of the petition surfaced on International Women’s Day. Women in Texas face extreme prejudice in Texas and often receive extremely harsh penalties for even a small amount of drugs, including marijuana. Marijuana is legal now in 21 states.

Inside prisons, the women are faced with such horrendous conditions… the petition demands that “filmmakers begin to take the issue seriously.”  Also, the petition reminds that “even here in the USA in the 21st century citizens are not safe from government oppression.”

Actor, Soundtrack, Producer, Ato Essandoh, has not responded to the petition. Nor has A3 Artists Agency, Robert Attermann responded with a comment.

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The screenplay “Dumbass” was penned by writer and retired professor of political science Alan Nafzger.

The premise of the story is that,Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.”

The film would be set in contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long sentences for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has tripled in the last ten years, as mass incarcerations have proven profitable to not only the state but also profitable for an array of business interests.

Writer Alan Nafzger has called on Governor Greg Abbott to, “end the prison industry.”

Recently, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak spoke out against the Texas system and put a good word in for mercy and forgiveness out on social media. “How nice for those who have lived such exemplary lives that they can express glee when others have their lives ruined by a mistake, real or perceived,” Sajak tweeted last month.

The petition states, “Why don’t we have the ‘Adam Sandler’ character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.”

Ato Essandoh has not commented on the script, thusfar. A statement is expected soon.

Professor Nafzger has made a short treatment of the project available online.

He has made the finished script available at for select filmmakers.

Jana Sandler of Happy Madison Productions has also expressed interest in the screenplay.

Ato Essandoh is a Actor, Soundtrack, Producer known for Jason Bourne (2016), Blood Diamond (2006), Garden State (2004), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) and is represented by A3 Artists Agency, Robert Attermann.

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More and more producers are seeking genre-specific screenplays, like a Horror with no comedic relief or perhaps an action or Action/Adventure that doesn’t try to be a Suspense Thriller.


The screenwriter will have to decide what route is best, but the majority of screenwriters I’ve worked with want to see their stuff up on the big screen and nothing else will do. Before getting started it’s imperative the writer knows one thing; the genre.

This is the perfect route for those who are intimidated by the entire commercialization process. It’s for those who hate the Hollywood stand-on-your-head routine and prefer to express themselves independent of any “rules” they believe will hinder their creative voice. Most fail as commercial products, but some have made the grade and given us remarkable insight into what’s possible beyond the commercial realm.

(I also think it’s plainly lazy to use someone else’s analysis of a story pattern instead of identifying your own. Relying on anyone else’s analysis, and that for sure includes mine, is not going to make you the writer you want to be.)

I think those books on the subject are truly useful; as I say often, I think you should read everything. But I believe you also have to get much more specific than ten plots or even thirty-six.

The late and much-missed Blake Snyder said that all film stories break down into just ten patterns that he outlined in his Save The Cat! books. Dramatist Georges Polti claimed there are Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations and outlined those in his classic book.

So what are these story types?