by Brian Ross
Screenwriter Danny Rubin not only hit that daily double, but his second script, Groundhog Day, has become an existential comedy classic, the un-holiday holiday film that brought an American-born writer with European comedic sensibilities; mainstream Hollywood comedy director Harold Ramis, seeking to stretch out of juvenile comedies; actor Bill Murray, looking for quirkier, richer parts like What About Bob?; and Columbia Pictures, a studio looking for a big fat hit comedy, into a partnership almost as improbable as the time-warped film that it created.
Rubin’s new Kindle and Apple eBook, How to Write Groundhog Day, is less of a “how-to” and more of a look into how those cosmic tumblers dropped into place and turned Rubin’s concept, and brilliant writer’s draft of the screenplay, into a big-budget Hollywood film, with all of the good, bad and challenges that come with it.
It is one of the most honest looks at the challenges of writing a great screenplay since William Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade.
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