Deadline reports that Paramount has bought “Draft Day,” a comedy written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Ivan Reitman is on board to direct.
The film is set on the day of the annual NFL draft, with a focus on the general manager of the Buffalo Bills as he frantically tries to get the number one pick for his team. Hey, considering the Bills usually lose enough to draft in the top five, that shouldn’t be too hard (I know, I know, Bills fans, you signed Mario Williams and now all is well).
The two writes have known each other since grad school at NYU. Rothman recently sold the scripts “First Timers” and “Frat Boy.” Joseph’s play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize; he also writes for Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”
I’m someone who loves the draft and watches it every year, so this is interesting to me at least (Good news, Paramount! One ticket sold!). But of course it’s comedy, so pretty much everything can go wrong along the way.