With Ghostbusters 3 potentially being a remake (?), Ivan Reitman is wasting no extra time by waiting for that screenplay. Instead, he’ll start to channel efforts toward Draft Day, a football drama that follows the rough-and-tumble life of a Buffalo Bills GM over the course of, yes, the stressful NFL draft.
Months after taking in the Scott Rothman- and Rajiv Joseph-penned screenplay, via his own Montecito Pictures, Vulture tell us Reitman has started talks with Kevin Costner about taking the lead. The starring role would see him play a General Manager who, despite being “perennially outgunned (and outspent)” by the bigger teams, is given a golden opportunity when his last-place team gets, as is customary, the first pick of the NFL draft. The protagonist “burnishes the team’s lackluster roster” through some careful trades, but, as another central conflict, must also “deal with his own family baggage as well as some surprising personal and romantic developments.”
It’s an idea that sounds both simple and charming enough to work with these two, the sort that just so happen to excel at films for which “simple and charming enough” is wholly applicable. The NFL like it, too, as Vulture go on to say that they may lend it a stamp of approval and even a bit of money; should any problems arise, however, it would be of the creative sort. One insider described the involvement of a notoriously image-conscious group as “creatively challenging,” though nothing about the outline sounds too akin to something along the lines of Any Given Sunday. Maybe someone gets a concussion.
So long as Costner and the NFL both take Draft Day, expect Reitman to begin shooting sometime in the next few months.
Is this encouraging news for the project? Do you have any interest in the first place?
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