The Kevin Costner football flick will open April 11, a month before the NFL Draft. Lionsgate said today that Draft Day — about the Cleveland Browns GM who tries to save pro football in the city by trading for the No. 1 draft pick — is moving to the date that had been slotted for the mini-major’s supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, which is moving back two weeks to April 25. Summit and OddLot’s Draft Day, from director Ivan Reitman, will compete against Fox’s toon sequel Rio 2; Open Road’s Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Sabotage; and The Weinstein Company’s comedy St. Vincent, starring Naomi Watts, Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. Lionsgate today also moved up Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club from May 9 to March 14 and pushed its sex-addiction drama Addicted from that date back to September 5. Capping off the spate of announcements, the company set its biopic Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena as the labor organizer and civil rights activist, for moderate release on March 28.
EXCLUSIVE: The Veep actor has been set for Ivan Reitman‘s NFL comedy alongside Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary. Draft Day follows the GM of the Cleveland Browns as he frantically tries to secure a #1 pick for his team. Timothy Simons will play Marx, a scout with an opinionated presence in the draft day war room. The Summit/Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment pic is produced by Reitman for his Montecito banner with Tom Pollock and Ali Bell. Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman’s spec script was first acquired by Paramount last year before Lionsgate picked it up out of turnaround after it landed atop the Black List.