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- Publisher: Triad Publishing Company; 1 edition (January 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072PEV6U
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1. It contains the original screenplay. So you get to experience the original unedited movie the way Danny Rubin created it.
2. The screenplay has embedded insider notes from the author.
3. This book shows how a timeless story was created from birth pains to major motion picture success.
4. The book contains fascinating insights into the screenwriting process.
5. The book answers interesting questions that remained a mystery in the movie, such as how long did the immortal Phil actually live? Was it months, years, or many lifetimes?
6. The book vividly portrays the tug of war between the writer and the studio as the screenplay was changed into a major motion picture.
In the end I found myself wishing there were two Groundhog Day movies made from Danny Rubin's screenplay; the classic that was produced by Columbia and a second one that fully matched what the writer had in mind for his movie. Buy the book and enjoy... then watch the movie again and enjoy... then wake up in the morning and do it all over again. It's Groundhog Day.
Rubin explains how he originally came up with the idea for the movie and how he worked to sell it to Hollywood hoping to kick-off a career. A large part of the book contains the original draft of the screenplay with notes by Rubin about why certain aspects are the way they are. It is interesting reading the original screenplay and contrasting what was kept in the movie, what concepts later evolved into others, and what was just eliminated. The final part of the book contains some interesting reflections about how people have interpreted the movie since its release and what Rubin has been up to since.
Although this is not a very long book, I read it in only a few hours, it was quite interesting. I would recommend this book to those who are fans of Groundhog Day.
(1) insight into screenwriting in general . . .
(2) insight into Hollywood film production in general . . .
(3) insight into the writing and production of "Groundhog Day" specifically . . .
(4) insight into the screenwriter's personal life . . .
Different categories will doubtless appeal to different people.
I myself have especially enjoyed learning how the script of "Groundhog Day" developed: what was left out and what was put in over time. One example is the question of how many groundhog days . . . Phil actually experiences.
It's interesting to me to learn than the screenwriter originally had in mind HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
The movie studio, on the other hand, insisted that it be only TWO WEEKS . . . because they didn't think audiences could handle anything more than that. (Sheeesh).
And the final script as filmed is meant to be a period of about TEN years (although it's never said so explicitly) . . .