Groundhog Day is one of those movies that you can watch again and again and again. Indeed the central character lives the same day over and over again so the whole experience is imbued with a strong sensation of deja vu ..... This book is written by Danny Rubin, the screen-writer and it tells the tale of how he managed to get his script onto the big screen. However this book is not simply for aspiring screenwriters. It is for anybody who has a dream and wants to know how to turn that dream into reality. But it is more; it is a really funny, laugh-out-loud book full of anecdotes and observations about human behaviour. Indeed all the things that make the movie a classic of its kind. Danny also explains the background to the central idea. Books and PhD theses have been written analysing the "inner-meaning" of this movie. Is it trying to explain Buddhism? is it a homage to Peter Ouspensky's story "The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin"? The list goes on. In fact it is none of these things, at least not in the mind of the originator. This book will explain in detail the reasons.
A great read and a book, like the film, I will be returning to time and time again.
A fantastic film is deserving of this fantastic ebook companion. This documents the creative journey Danny took to arrive at the iconic movie. It's truly informative, insightful and inspiring - and other adjectives starting with 'in'. Complete with an early screenplay with a shocking twist, it's just as fascinating to see what was left out of the final movie - and why - as to see what was left in! Could happily reread this every day for an eternity.
The best book I have ever read on screenwriting about one of the best films around. It doesn't tell you how to do it - it shows you how it was done. An invaluable look into the ways a script can change from original spec to finished product.
If you love Groundhog Day or are looking to learn about Screenwriting from the start to finish - read this, then start writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this insight into the development of the script of my favorite film of all time.
Reading about the ideas that were dropped along the way, was like that weird feeling, of visiting a town from my childhood and seeing all the buildings that have changed. In this case we also get to hear why the changes were made. Wonderful.