NFL Offseason: Ivan Reitman to Direct Comedy About the Buffalo Bills; Seriously

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterJune 22, 2012

The Bills are hilarious.
The Bills are hilarious.Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Forgive me. This is off the beaten path, but it's late June, almost every team's minicamp is wrapped up and we now settle in for the long slog before training camp. While we wait and see which Detroit Lion gets arrested next, I may post a thing or two that aren't related to the game of football as it is played on the field. 

In things at least tangentially related to football, this piece from tells us that legendary director Ivan Reitman, of Ghostbusters and Stripes fame, has signed on to direct a comedy called Draft Day, which, according to Deadline, is about "the general manager of the Buffalo Bills as he spends the day of the National Football League draft frantically trying to get the number one pick for his struggling team."

This could be hilarious but will probably suck. Let's face it, Reitman's track record post-Ghostbusters is beyond terrible (with apologies to fans of Kindergarten Cop and Junior), and Hollywood rarely mixes football and comedy with much success (Wildcats perhaps being the lone exception).

I guess I could hold out hope that Draft Day turns out to be another Jerry McGuire, but that featured one of the best screenplay's of the last 20 or so years, penned by Cameron Crowe when he was still tapped into the stuff that made Say Anything great rather than the crap that made Elizabethtown unwatchable. 

Draft Day, on the other hand, is penned by former classmates at Tisch School of the Arts, Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Joseph is a writer on the somewhat funny Showtime series Nurse Jackie. This doesn't exactly speak well for hilarity ensuing. (As someone who started a football blog with a former art school schoolmate, I suppose I should be more supportive of two art school guys writing a football movie...)

I will say, there is great comic potential in the scenario of a GM trying to trade up to the first overall spot on draft day, and if they use Buddy Nix (and his accent) as a jumping off point, the lead character could be fun. 

But too many times Hollywood takes something like this, a germ of a good idea, and blows it up into something that is lumbering and distinctly un-funny, especially when football is involved. The Replacements and Necessary Roughness were great ideas that were executed terribly and something tells me this will be more of the same. 

What do you think? Does this even have the remotest chance at being funny? Let me know in the comments section—and let me know some of your favorite sports films, whether they be comedies or something else.