What do you do if you’re one of the most well-known directors in the world and your last three films have been a sci-fi spectacle, a bizarre neo-noir, and a Biblical epic? If you’re Ridley Scott, apparently the answer is: “make a movie about the dangerous effects of concussions in the NFL.”
Deadline reports that Scott and his producing partner Giannina Facio are meeting with A-list screenwriters to craft a morality tale that does for NFL violence what Michael Mann’s The Insider did for the tobacco industry (namely, tell some harsh truths). In the past year or so, the effects of concussions and violence in professional football have been put in the spotlight, likely to the league’s chagrin – it’s not exactly great for them if former players like Brett Favre are saying they’re suffering from memory loss or, in much more extreme cases, killing themselves like former linebacker Junior Seau.
Oliver Stone covered a bit of this territory in his own football drama Any Given Sunday, but because the NFL – an organization notoriously protective of its image – didn’t like the way pro football and its employees were being portrayed, it refused to license its teams or logos for the movie. We’re guessing a similar thing is going to happen here, unless the story is somehow amenable to both the filmmakers and the league. Scott is working on Exodus right now with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Moses and Ramses, respectively, and since this untitled project doesn’t have a writer yet, it’s impossible to say whether this will be Scott’s next film out of the gate. In any case, we can add it to his busy schedule and look forward to Hollywood shining even more of a light on what has become an increasingly troublesome issue in pro sports.
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