Sony softened 'Concussion' to appease the NFL

Sony softened 'Concussion' to appease the NFL

Seems prefer it is not simply its personal Gamers Affiliation that the Nationwide Soccer League can push round with impunity. Inner Sony emails lately delivered to mild by the corporate’s large knowledge breach point out that Sony Footage deliberately softened the purpose on it is upcoming movie, ‘Concussion’ in order to not upset the league. The film, which stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the person who helped first diagnose CTE (or persistent traumatic encephalopathy). In accordance with the emails, Sony executives mentioned at size with Smith and Peter Landesman, the movie’s director, about altering the script and advertising for the movie to keep away from antagonizing the NFL. The film’s angle was reportedly modified from being a condemnation of the NFL’s dealing with of the rising CTE disaster to focus extra on Omalu’s discovery and preliminary analysis.

“Will just isn’t anti soccer (neither is the film) and is not planning to be a spokesman for what soccer must be or should not be however fairly is an actor taking over an thrilling problem,” Dwight Caines, the president of home advertising at Sony Footage, wrote to 3 different executives in August, 2014. “We’ll develop messaging with the assistance of N.F.L. marketing consultant to make sure that we’re telling a dramatic story and never kicking the hornet’s nest.” One other e-mail from earlier in July said “a lot of the chew” had been taken from the movie by a prime studio lawyer “for authorized causes with the N.F.L. and that it was not a stability situation.” Principally, Sony, regardless of having only a few advertising and promoting ties to the sports activities league, felt compelled for authorized causes (ie getting sued) to not painting the NFL in an unflattering mild.

Landesman informed the NY Occasions that that is truly a reasonably widespread prevalence amongst main film studios. He argued that each time a film offers with a controversial level, studios will typically try and anticipate the criticism the movie might generate (which might harm its field workplace take) and reposition it accordingly. “We do not need to give the N.F.L. a toehold to say, ‘They’re making it up,’ and injury the credibility of the film,” Mr. Landesman informed the NY Occasions. So should you’ve ever questioned why Hollywood movies have grown so predictable and tepid, it is as a result of the studios are afraid that somebody being offended. Although, on this case, that “somebody” is a multibillion-greenback sports activities empire that apparently can afford an entire lot of hornets.

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