Ridley Scott Adds Football Concussion Drama to Perpetually Full Slate

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.

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  • American Football, so funny. Can't believe people still watch that. It is still a big deal though it seems.
  • Linkfx
    My neurologist wrote the story for this screenplay I believe lol. Could be wrong, he was shopping it around last year.
  • Chuckee Knowlton
    Ridley, your spreading it pretty thin. When I look at the last few years of your output, it's looking incredibly thin. Sometimes less is more.
    • dessaintes
      How many years are the last few years? How is 5 movies in 6 years too many when they include Body of Lies, best film by far on this subject, and the masterpiece American Gangster? Even Robin Hood is still the best Robin Hood film since Robin and Marian. I haven't seen The Counselor yet and Prometheus certainly was a major disappointment but still. I'd rather have him direct one film a year, with hit and miss than aim for a perfect film every few years and possibly fail. Especially when he is tackling so many different subjects.
      • Chuckee Knowlton
        Well, we just don't like the same movies I guess. Prometheus was the only one out of all those you mentioned that I liked, but it too, was a bit of a disappointment for me.
        • dessaintes
          I won't argue with personal tastes, of course. My point is that Ridley Scott is an eclectic director who shows interest in different topics. Some directors tend to do the same kind of films, and the same kind of genre. Others make few but manage to craft masterpieces each time. But I'm also fond of the frequently shooting directors in the style of old times studio directors. Guys like Walsh, Masumura. That's what Tsui Hark did before also. Lots of films, trying new things. Sometimes failing completely, sometimes failing partially but trying something they will use better in the next one, and in the end having more than a few great films in their filmography. The other benefit is that you can always look forward to the next film and maybe be surprised. In that particular case for instance, this is not a topic of much interest to me, at least to see treated in a movie. If Scott were making a film every 3 or 4 years, that would mean I'd probably have to wait 6 years for another exciting movie by him, with the possibility it wouldn't deliver on its promises. With this higher frequency and multitude of projects, it's not a problem and I might even get to like this one. Plus I still get to be caught (a bit) by surprise, which reminds me, a long time ago, when we suddenly discovered a film by a director we liked just a few weeks before its release, instead of a few years.
    He's GDT a run for the money.
  • Chris Groves
    Ridley Scott hasn't had it for a while now.




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