While Ridley Scott is currently taking on the epic of all epics in his Moses movie, Exodus, he plans on following that up with a smaller picture focusing on a very different kind of human misery. Scott is looking to bring the debilitating effects of sports concussions to light by directing a feature film that explores the life-changing injuries in the context of pro football. He and and producing partner Giannina Facio have been meeting with top screenwriters for the project, which looks to be his next directorial effort after Exodus. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Scott “wants to create a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen.” The plot would be a morality tale focusing on the occurrence of these injuries and the blind eyes turned by those in charge, from the field level to the press box. The NFL, now approaching tens of billions of dollars in revenue, certainly has a large target on their backs. It seems like Scott intends to focus on a more personal story, as he “has been moved reading all that has been written on athletes including former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, both of whom committed suicide after suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy, with each making sure to leave his brain intact so it could be studied in the hope the results would help their gridiron brethren who also are suffering.” It’s certainly a worthwhile effort and one that bears keeping an eye on, as Scott has quite the number of projects on his slate at the moment. It would be a shame if this one got lost in the shuffle.