Isaiah Washington to Lead Different Football Concussion Issue Drama
by Ethan Anderton
November 14, 2013
Just recently, we heard that director Ridley Scott was developing a drama about the seemingly ignored issue of concussions and mental illnesses resulting from football play in the professional sports world (though it's an issue in college and high school as well). Now Deadline has word that Isaiah Washington, coming off last year's dark but stirring turn in the Sundance selected indie sniper drama Blue Caprice, will lead a film called Game Time Decision, an indie from writer and director Matthew A. Cherry (The Last Fall). This film will also take a look at the issue in the world of professional football as opposed to the lower levels.
In the film, Washington will play a retired professional football player suffering from a degenerative brain disease who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son to warn him about returning to play a game too soon after sustaining a concussion. The story will act as a cautionary tale to shine a light on the increasingly common appearance of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy amongst aging football players. It helps that Cherry is actually a former NFL player himself, so this will really come from the heart of the problem. It sounds like this project will be the firs to get off the ground with production planned for next spring.