Good luck squashing this one, Roger Goodell and the NFL: acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Themla & Louise, Alien, etc) is going to make a movie about the debilitating effects of NFL concussions. Via Deadline Hollywood:
Scott wants to create a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen. His plan is to create a morality tale on that issue, much the way that Michael Mann’s The Insider took on the tobacco industry’s complicity in covering up the addictive and cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoking.
Given how visually-appealing many of Scott’s movies are, this unnamed project, how can you not be excited? I’d guess A-listers will be tripping over one another to snag the lead role.
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