You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Joseph & Rothman: Duo overcomes differences for ‘Day’

10 Screenwriters to Watch 2012: Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman

Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”)

They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason?

“She said, ‘I dunno. High stakes and a ticking clock?’ And I was like, OK, that’s the basis of drama.”

Discussed for a year and written, Rothman says, “in a week,” “Draft Day” was snapped up by Ivan Reitman and Montecito Pictures, with Kevin Costner attached as an untested Buffalo Bills g.m. assessing his knotty personnel choices, fraught with question marks.

Premise smacks of “Moneyball,” which Rothman says they admire hugely, especially its success at “dramatized math.” But he avers their pic is less about stats than “trying to figure out how, or if, you can determine a person’s character … what makes them tick.”

Draft Day” went into turnaround as Reitman geared up for a “Ghostbusters” sequel. While it’s being shopped around, he has them rewriting what Joseph calls “a family comedy about rock ‘n’ roll and second chances.” Rothman’s penning something solo, and Joseph’s book and co-lyrics for a “Peter Pan” musical will debut in Dallas next summer.

Rothman says they’re “super-excited to keep doing our own thing, me writing comedies, Rajiv winning international drama awards …. But we really loved writing together and look forward to keep on doing that.”

Reps: Rothman’s at CAA, Joseph at Gersh. They share management from Kaplan/Perrone.

Return to 10 Screenwriters to Watch 2012

More Legit

  • SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY

    Bruce Springsteen Condemns Trump's 'Inhumane' Border Policy During Broadway Show

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

  • Kenya Barris and Pharrell Williams

    Kenya Barris, Pharrell Williams to Collaborate on Juneteenth Stage Musical

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

  • BD Wong

    Stagecraft Podcast: BD Wong Talks Basketball in Beijing, Dinosaurs and Batman

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

  • Michael Jackson Musical Coming to Broadway

    Michael Jackson Musical Coming to Broadway in 2020

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

  • Watch Tom Hanks Vamp on Stage

    Watch Tom Hanks Vamp on Stage to Calm His 'Henry IV' Audience

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

  • Donald Trump, Robert De Niro

    Trump Punches Back at Robert De Niro: 'A Very Low IQ Individual'

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

  • Matt Bomer Andrew Rannells

    Stagecraft Podcast: Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells on Broadway's 'Boys in the Band'

    Joseph was a Pulitzer finalist for Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” while Rothman crafted screenplays like “Fratboy.” (“Not,” he clarifies, “a finalist for the Pulitzer.”) They “mainly got together to watch football and drink,” Joseph says, until a non-football fan- poet confessed to him a fondness for the NFL draft. Her reason? “She […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content