Now don’t get me wrong. I bought and have enjoyed Groundhog Day for twenty years, but the movie is just that: a movie. As I understand the themes of what both Rubin and Ramis were describing on the DVD, I’m not even sure it would fly as a family story. It sounds existential and very lonely. I love those things, so I emailed Danny Rubin and asked if and where I could get my hands on a copy of the original. I was quite certain it was an unpublished work and was silently hoping (if he wrote back at all) that he’d email me a PDF or something. And guess what? WRONG! I didn’t get a copy of the script, but Rubin did write me back. As it turns out, other geeks have been just as interested in the first draft, so much so that “I started making notes to accompany it, sort of explaining why some things changed and which things I had to fight to keep. In the end it became a kind of interesting document about script development that got a publisher’s attention.”
In short, I missed my window of getting an exclusively annotated copy because understandably, he couldn’t send out something that’s going to be published. D’oh! Either way, I’ve just added a warmer degree of Kevin Bacon to Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, which makes me a winner.