May 18, 2021

Robert Clohessy asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Robert Clohessy to read prison screenplay

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

Robert Clohessy

Robert Clohessy – Talent Agents
– Actor, Producer – The Avengers (2012), 16 Blocks (2006), The Crimson Mask (2009), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) – Buchwald, Julia Buchwald –

Dumbass, Pink Mist, Paper, The Redeemer

Robert Clohessy & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Robert Clohessy
Robert Clohessy
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Robert Clohessy 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 Robert Clohessy at Buchwald, Julia Buchwald last week.

In the open letter to Robert Clohessy, 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 Robert Clohessy 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, Producer, Robert Clohessy, has not responded to the petition. Nor has Buchwald, Julia Buchwald 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.”

Robert Clohessy 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.

Robert Clohessy is a Actor, Producer known for The Avengers (2012), 16 Blocks (2006), The Crimson Mask (2009), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) and is represented by Buchwald, Julia Buchwald.

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This means that characters that volunteer to change or decides to change on his own is NOT commercial! Frankly, they’re boring to watch! If all the screenwriter has to do to get the character out of his ‘safe’ house is to knock on the door and ask the hero to leave, then what’s the point of the story? Heroes shouldn’t be along for the ride. They should be taken for one!

That’s it! That’s what an arc means. The character’s safe in his house and you burn it down! You force him to do something he NEVER would have done if you hadn’t burned down his house!

Every screenwriter I’ve ever met seems to know what the term ‘arc’ means, but few know to commercialize it or even how to make it work in a script. I’m going to simplify it: The plot’s main event MUST force the character to change!


Putting the final showdown on the villain’s turf means the villain has home-court advantage. The hero/ine has the extra burden of being a fish out of water in unfamiliar territory (mixing a metaphor to make it painfully clear).

Even if there’s not a literal castle, almost every story will have a metaphorical Storming the Castle element. The hero/ine usually must infiltrate the antagonist’s hideout, or castle, or lair, and confront the antagonist on his or her own turf, a terrifying and foreign place: think of Buffalo Bill’s basement in The Silence of the Lambs, and the basement in Psycho, and the basement in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The castle can be a dragon’s cave (How to Train Your Dragon), or a dream fortress (Inception), or a church (a million romantic comedies).

But when you think about it, the first two examples are equally clichéd. Sometimes there’s a fine line between clichéd and archetypal. You have to find how to elevate —or deepen — the clichéd to something archetypal.

Most clichéd film ending ever. Throw in the hero/ine getting stuck in a cab in Manhattan rush hour traffic and you really are risking audiences vomiting in the aisles, or readers vomiting beside their chairs. This is in fact the most despised romantic comedy cliché on every single “Romantic Comedy Clichés” website out there.