One of the biggest problems facing the NFL these days has nothing to do with contracts, suspensions or players getting into trouble off the field. Instead, recent studies have begun to show that football players may actually be in more danger on the field than they every could be off the field and that has led to a concussion epidemic that is rocking the sport to it’s very core.
There have been two major works done detailing the devastating and frankly ugly battle with concussions and one of them is being made into a film.
A while back, Oscar nominated director Ridley Scott signed on to direct a film based on a GQ article about the NFL’s concussion problem and that film has apparently now found it’s star. This isn’t a film that grabbed any old actor to help tell the story, this is a film that is swinging for the fences in every way imaginable.
According to Variety, Will Smith will be starring in the lead role in a film that details the NFL’s concussion problem.
Giannina Facio, Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will produce for Scott Free while David Wolthoff and Larry Shuman will produce for the Shuman Company. Scott and Facio have become very passionate about the issue and were very aggressive in landing a star for the pic and have done so with Smith’s attachment.
Aside from the fact that Will Smith is in desperate need of a hit, his involvement in the film instantly raises the awreness of concussions in football by mere default. Having a massive movie star and one of the best directors alive today working n a film that will likely skewer the NFL and whoever else wronged players over their careers is a powerful thing for those fighting the battle against concussions to have on their side.
That’s not to say anything will for sure change about the issue, but there seems to be a lull in awareness on the issue and seeing both Ridley Scott and Will Smith throw hey-makers on screen at the issue is likely going to get more people involved on an emotion level that may lead to change on a realistic level.