Groundhog Day The Movie, Buddhism and Me
Groundhog Day Script Writer Danny Rubin
Groundhog Day 2012: Danny Rubin, the writer of Groundhog Day, has a new book out! Check out my review How To Write Groundhog Day. Short answer: I loved it!
Mr. Rubin now runs a blog devoted to the movie.
Here is his bio, from his own web site:
Here is an interview with Danny, complete with picture.
I found several references to him in Daily Variety. Note: you must register and pay to view any of these Variety articles. But the good news is you get most of the information you might want from the abstract.
According to Variety, Danny has also written:
Hear No Evil
Rubin also wrote SFW, based on an Andrew Wellman novel. Once again, you have to pay to read this:
Good News! Two Danny Rubin scripts are apparently headed for production! This article is pay-per-view:
Zackheim rockets to 'Martian' debut
I have learned from Hollywood sources that this film also deals with time in an unusual way, and could be considered a philosophical mate to Groundhog Day as part of what Rubin envisions as a trilogy of films dealing with time.
Revolution, Lightstorm team for 'Tale' spin
A comedy/adventure set in the Old West, "The Hanging Tale" centers on a man who is about to be hanged for petty crimes. While awaiting death, he tells the surrounding crowd a story of his journey in search of Spanish treasures.
It's been described as Princess Bride meets Scheherazade. God, I love Hollywood.
You can buy a copy of the original screenplay (very interesting, well done and different from the shooting script) from:
This is an incisive technical analysis of the script.
Creating Story Movement by Traveling in Circles:
Daniel Dern highlighted a controversy in the sci-fi community regarding the provenance of the plot of Groundhog Day. The controversy was thoroughly aired at the Apothecary's Drawer Weblog in June 2001. I am not in any way convinced Danny Rubin borrowed any of his ideas from any of these sources. Sometimes, where there is smoke, there is not any fire.
Here's an excerpt:
June 28th 2001 An interesting article in The Author (Society of Authors house mag) Summer 2001 edition: Rights in Ideas: how not to sell a novel to Hollywood by Leon Arden. Arden describes in some detail how he sued - and lost - a case based on his claim that Columbia Pictures plagiarised his 1981 novel, The Devil's Trill (retitled One Fine Day) which they had read and rejected as a movie script. Arden's hero finds himself stuck in a time loop, he alone realising that he's repeating a single day over and over. He tries and fails to seduce the heroine, collects personal information about her to help him succeed, etc etc. You get the picture: sounds not a million miles from Groundhog Day.
Other links from the weblog:
Detroit News, December 12 1995 account mentions details of One Fine Day that differ radically in style from the light comedy of Groundhog Day.
SF Recollections by Richard Lupoff: Lupoff suggests that "a major theatrical film" (identifiable as Groundhog Day) plagiarised his work…a 1993 TV movie called 12:01… a "very loose" adaptation of a 1990 Oscar-nominated short film, 12:01 PM, based on a short story by Lupoff published in Fantasy And Science Fiction magazine in 1973.
Discussion at Fiction-L Archives - 'Replay': Second Chance or Infinite Recurrence Novels shows that the idea of time-loop is quite common in SF.
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Groundhog Day essay in Stephen Simon's book, The Force Is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives
Groundhog Day essay by Mario Sesti in the Museum of Modern Art catalog for, The Hidden God: Film and Faith
Groundhog Day by Ryan Gilbey, published by the British Film Institute and the University of California Press.
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