Will Smith In Talks For Drama About NFL And Concussions
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.03.2014
Produced by Ridley Scott...
Variety reports that Will Smith (Focus) is in talks to star in a currently untitled drama about the NFL and concussions, based on the GQ article Game Brain. The film will be written and directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland) for Scott Free and Sony. Giannina Facio, Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will produce for Scott Free. David Wolthoff and Larry Shuman will produce for the Shuman cOmpany. Scott and Facio are become passionate about the issue and have been working hard to get a star for the film.
The article was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas. It follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, who will be played in the film by Smith, a forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE in a professional football player and made it known to the public. It's described as a "whistle-blower" movie similar to The Insider, showing the dangers of being a professional athlete in impact sports as well as the political, cultural and corporate aspects of pro sports.
It's one of several films about concussions in the NFL. Parkes/MacDonald Productions are working on a film based on the book League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth. Isiah Washington is also set to star in the independent drama Game Time Decision, which looks at the same problem.
It's believed that a possible reason Smith left the Legendary Pictures film Brilliance was so he could do this film.