While Ridley Scott is preparing to shoot his epic, biblical Moses movie, Exodus, with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, he's got another film he's looking to develop. The movie would focus on the deadly effects of concussions in football players.
The news comes from Deadline, which explains, "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. His plan is to create a morality tale on that issue, much the way that Michael Mann’s The Insider took on the tobacco industry’s complicity in covering up the addictive and cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoking. "
If it all comes together this would be Scott's next film after Exodus. According to the report the reason that Scott wants to make the film is because "he has been moved reading all that has been written on athletes that include former professional football stars like 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."
Scott is an amazing director, and it will be interesting to see how this movie turns out. Maybe after this one he'll finally get around to that Blade Runner sequel he's been talking about making.
What do you think about Scott taking on this heavy subject matter?