Ridley Scott Adds Football Concussion Drama to Perpetually Full Slate
by Ethan Anderton
November 7, 2013
A sequel to Blade Runner, the Cold War drama Reykjavik, a film about the Gucci family dynasty, an adaptation of The Forever War and a sequel to Prometheus are all in development for director Ridley Scott, and that's not even all of the projects the filmmaker is linked to. Now the director of this year's The Counselor is already working on his Biblical epic Exodus starring Christian Bale, but he's adding yet another project to his perpetually growing future slate. Deadline has word that Scott wants to direct a drama shining light on the debilitating effects concussions have on football players, and why no one seems to care.
The project is described as being in the same vein as The Insider, where league owners and other sports authorities allow and sometimes cover up these serious injuries, much like the tobacco industry covers up all their shady connections to addiction and cancer. The documentary Head Games from Hoop Dreams director Steve James put this issue in the spotlight, but it didn't make much of a dent. But a film from Scott could really open up people's eyes.
This is an issue that plagues college and high school athletes as well, but Scott will focus on professional football, especially when there's stories about athletes like Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide after struggling with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Other players like John Mackey have ended up with dementia, and Jim McMahon has suffered memory loss. While these things are more common in the elderly, they show up early in professional football players because of the head trauma from the rough gameplay. We'll see if Scott gets around to this project or if it sits on the shelf.