Rajiv Joseph is currently making quite an impression in Hollywood with his screenplay "Draft Day," written with Scott Rothman. The football comedy is ranked No. 1 on this year's Black List, the movie industry's informal ranking of the most popular unproduced screenplays.
Joseph might be a fresh face in Hollywood, but he has already made a name for himself in the theater world, where his plays have garnered praise for their intelligence, topicality and sense of humor. He was
His other plays include "Huck and Holden," "Gruesome Playground Injuries" and "The North Pool."
"Draft Day" is set in the world of the
"We essentially stayed in touch, continued to read each other's work, and would make a point to watch football together, which eventually led to us developing this screenplay together," Joseph said in an e-mail.
"Scott and I are both football fans, obviously -- he's a
It was reported earlier this year that Paramount had picked up "Draft Day" for development. But
Joseph said "Draft Day" is with the Montecito Production Co., with
The playwright will debut a new stage musical next year called "Fly," adapted from J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan." The show, with music by Bill Sherman, will open at the Dallas Theater Center in July.