And now the movie.
The NFL draft is such a huge event with so many twisting plot lines that now they are making a movie called “Draft Day.”
It will star Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Much of the movie will focus on the drama and wheeling and dealing leading up to the first-round pick. If it’s the Browns, and it’s realistic, we know it will be a high first-round pick.
Denis Leary stars as Coach Penn, the Browns head coach. (I can picture him as intense and cranky with more than a little tension between him and his boss. But maybe that’s just me.)
Yes, there’s a love interest. That would be Jennifer Garner who portrays a high-ranking member of the Browns’ front office.
The NFL has given its blessing and some of it will be filmed on April 25 at the real NFL draft in New York. It will include ESPN and NFL Network on-air talent — the real guys, not the Hollywood version of them. (I hope they include beat writers as part of the process.)
Much of it will be filmed in Cleveland, the Hollywood of the Midwest.
It will be directed by Ivan Reitman of “Ghostbusters” and “Animal House” fame.
Should be interesting.
And what a smart idea.
The first round of last year’s NFL draft drew a combined total viewership of 25.3 million between ESPN and the NFL Network according to the Neilsen ratings. So if the movie can draw a fraction of that into the theaters, it will be money in the bank.