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Comedian and musician Tim Minchin has confirmed that a musical theatre adaptation of Groundhog Day is currently in the works.
After a long-running music-based stand up career, Minchin won universal acclaim for his musical of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Matilda, which transferred from the West End to Broadway amid a flurry of awards and sell-out runs.
The Australian comedian confirmed that he is writing the music and lyrics to the adaptation of Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy. Danny Rubin, who wrote the original screenplay, will be writing the book. Matilda director Matthew Warchus will again collaborate with Minchin.
The original film, now considered a classic, saw Bill Murray forced to repeat the same day over and over due to unknown outside forces.
In a statement on his website, Minchin wrote:
"The 1993 Sony Pictures film was directed by Harold Ramis and starred Bill Murray and Andy McDowell, and is a true comedy classic. However, it would be impossible to try to translate the style and tone of the movie to stage... and even if it were possible, it wouldn’t interest me. (Or Danny or Matthew, for that matter). Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different."
The musical is expected to arrive in a couple of years. Minchin did, however, jokingly worry if Groundhog Day’s mysterious powers would overcome him.
“Maybe the whole project will get caught in a temporal vortex and we won’t be able to finish writing it until we’ve achieved wisdom," he said.