Much as they are in the NFL, football concussions seem to be a quickly-growing issue in the movie scene. Ridley Scott is developing a film about the debilitating epidemic, Grey's Anatomy and Blue Caprice star Isaiah Washington is going to star in the indie take on the subject, and now, Deadline reports, we've got a third brain-jostling project taking shape.
This one is coming from Parkes/MacDonald Productions and will be based on League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle For Truth. That's the powerful book from ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru that led to a critically-acclaimed Frontline exposé on how, seriously, you should not be playing football. Unless you're doing two-hand touch, your brain is going to get such a ruining. Parkes and MacDonald are soon meeting with writers and directors for the project, though they still aren't yet sure if they're going to take it theaters or premium cable. It's like, sure, America already loves sitting at home watching football players get irreparable brain damage, but perhaps that's the greater reason to bring it to theaters? Where do you like to watch athletes quietly, morbidly shortening the length of time they'll remain lucid?