Concussion script
Concussion (2015)
Synopsis: While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

The Hill (ramshackle ghetto). Then Shadyside (leafy wealth).

Then the Strip (industrial hipsterville)--

BENNET (CONT’D)

Like when I'm all alone with you

You know exactly what to do-

Over a span of iron into a downtown of metal and glass-

BENNET (CONT’D)

Ooh... and I like it/You send

chills up my spine every time/I

take a look at you/Ooh... and I

like it/Ooh... and I like it-

(and--)

15 EXT. ALLEGHENY COUNTY CORONER - PITTSBURGH

Bennet pulls up beside his car’s silver twin. Same make and

model. In the shadow of a Victorian stone monolith chalked by

steel-mill soot. Itself in the shadow of a cloverleaf of

humming freeway. And Bennet gets out. And we see-

He’s incongruously - exquisitely - dressed. Tailored suit.

Crisp shirt. Expensive tie (Presidential knot). Down a ramp

into a gaping basement, receding down a dark tunnel, we-

HEAR - IN PRE-LAP - PEOPLE SINGING (badly) “HAPPY BIRTHDAY,

Happy birthday to you--”

16 INT. ALLEGHENY COUNTY CORONER - PITTSBURGH - MORNING

Four TECHNICIANS celebrating a heavyset man's 50th. Cupcake

scrawled, “Happy Birthday Joe!” Balloon bouquet, a candle.

The break room. With a window letting out on the slabs. Where

a shitbox TV plays Wheel of Fortune.

We’re in the POV of someone watching. The figure coming into

focus in f.g., quarantined, isolated-

It’s Bennet. Standing - in scrubs now. Watching the others’

lips moving, laughing. Now grabbing portable CD player, and

back to-

BENNET:

(pausing at the party)

Gracie, may we begin, please?

(and turns into--)

CHERRY PAGES 1.21.15 4.

INT. AUTOPSY CHAMBER - MORNING

Soaring tiled chapel-like chamber, floors sloped toward

drains. Three steel slabs with fresh corpses in various

states of disrepair, four more in bags against the walls.

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Peter Landesman

Peter Landesman is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, novelist and painter. He wrote a number of cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and others, including investigations into global arms trafficking, sex trafficking, refugee trafficking, the Rwandan genocide, and the creation and smuggling of forged and stolen art and antiquities. He also reported from the conflicts in Kosovo, Rwanda, and Pakistan and Afghanistan post-9/11. more…

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