SBD/June 4, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Will Smith In Talks To Star In "Whistle-Blower" Style Film On NFL's Concussion Issue

Scott Free Productions and Sony Pictures will produce the film with Smith (r)
Actor WILL SMITH is “ready to tackle the NFL’s concussion problem as he is in talks to star in the untitled drama based” on the GQ article “Game Brain,” according to Justin Kroll of VARIETY. The film is being done by Scott Free Productions and Sony Pictures, with PETER LANDESMAN “on board to write and direct.” The story “is described as a whistle-blower tale in the vein of ‘THE INSIDER’ humanizing the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports -- and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of professional sports.” The film is “one of a handful of Hollywood projects revolving around the concussion problem in the NFL taking shape in the industry." Parkes/MacDonald Productions is “developing a project” based on the book “LEAGUE OF DENIAL: THE NFL, CONCUSSIONS AND THE BATTLE FOR TRUTH,” while actor ISAIAH WASHINGTON “is set to star in the indie drama ‘GAME TIME DECISION,’ both of which focus on the concussion issue” (VARIETY.com, 6/3).
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