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Sony Changed "Concussion" to Avoid Issues with the NFL - NY Times

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 12:03 PM


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Concussion graphicThe New York Times published an article yesterday that says that Sony Pictures Entertainment made changes to the upcoming Will Smith drama, Concussion, in order to avoid issues with the NFL (National Football League). The movie is the story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.

The article cites dozens of E-Mail messages discovered during the recent hack of Sony:

In dozens of studio emails unearthed by hackers, Sony executives; the director, Peter Landesman; and representatives of Mr. Smith discussed how to avoid antagonizing the N.F.L. by altering the script and marketing the film more as a whistle-blower story, rather than a condemnation of football or the league.

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Another email on Aug. 1, 2014, said some “unflattering moments for the N.F.L.” were deleted or changed, while in another note on July 30, 2014, a top Sony lawyer is said to have taken “most of the bite” out of the film “for legal reasons with the N.F.L. and that it was not a balance issue.” Other emails in September 2014 discuss an aborted effort to reach out to the N.F.L.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

The movie opens in theaters December 25th, 2015. For more information, including the trailer, head over to the Movie Information page for Concussion.



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