Summit Entertainment's new film "Draft Day," hit theaters yesterday on April 11, 2014 and Examiner.com had the opportunity to interview the film's producer Ali Bell. Bell has worked on films such as "Post Grad," "Up In The Air," "Chloe," "No Strings Attached," and "Hitchcock," to name a few. Read our exclusive interview with Ali below:
How did you get involved with the film?
I was very fortunate enough to have the script come to me a little over a two years ago, and I read it and I just fell in love with it. It was one of those things where when you're reading a script and it's the magical moment when you literally just have love at first sight. I knew we had to get involved.
Tell me about the development process.
It wasn't that extensive, we loved what Scott and Rajiv had done, and we worked really hard to open it up and make it a bigger event. So much of the original script just took place in the war rooms, and we were all like "It's the NFL draft, we have to make the NFL draft a character in the movie, and let's make all the cities characters in the movie." So we get a feeling and a sense of the places and the people who live in this world. It was really all about opening it up.
Tell us about collaborating with Director Ivan Reitman?
Ivan Reitman is one of the greatest collaborations of my life. It's been great. I've been working with him for several years, and this movie was especially fun to watch him direct because it was a much smaller movie, it was more of an adult movie for him, but it was really fun to see him dive in much meatier material. He's such a family guy and he tackles everything in his life - work, professional, family stuff as part of a giant community, and it's nice because so much of this movie is about community and he treated it the same way.
Tell me about how the NFL got involved. They rarely endorse films.
NFL was one of the most amazing partners you could ask for. It's true they don't very often give anyone access. They were involved with us from day one, they gave us script notes, they helped us keep it authentic, they gave us access, introduced us to all the teams to try and help them come on board, honestly the greatest gift they gave us was letting us shoot at the actual NFL draft, poor Eric Finkelstein (who runs the draft), I think he almost had a heart attack, because we were almost like a documentary film crew, just picking up stuff here and there, while the real live draft was going on.
Tell me about collaborating with Kevin Costner?
Kevin Costner is an American icon, I don't even have words for what it's like to work with someone like Kevin Costner, to be part of his filmography, is a huge huge honor.
How did you get your start in film production?
I was the A. C. Lyles intern at Paramount Pictures, and that was how I got my start. Sadly, we lost A.C. last year, but I know he would be very proud if he knew this movie was coming out today.
We caught up with Ali at the film's New York premiere, which was held at Landmark Sunshine. The evening was presented by Bud Light. A fabulous party was held at FC Gotham. Guests sipped on Bud Light, Bud Light Avion Straw-Ber-Rita’s and other custom Avion cocktails.