Albert Brooks Joins Will Smith in NFL Concussion Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

Albert Brooks in NFL Concussion Movie:
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Albert Brooks is in talks to join Will Smith in Sony’s untitled NFL concussion drama based on the GQ article “Game Brain” for Scott Free and Sony.

Alec Baldwin also stars with Peter Landesman (“Parkland”) on board to write and direct.

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 passionate about the issue and were very aggressive in landing a star for the pic, having done so with Smith’s attachment.

The GQ article was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas and follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, (Smith) the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public. 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.

The untitled feature is one of a handful of Hollywood projects revolving around the concussion problem in the NFL. Parkes/MacDonald Productions are developing a project based on the book “League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth,” and Isaiah Washington is set to star in the indie drama “Game Time Decision,” both of which focus on the concussion issue.

Brooks, who is repped by WME and manager Herb Nanas, can be seen next in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.”

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