Ok so thanks to a nice man at PGL website technical support I now have all 3 revised scripts.
This entry is about Does Anyone Here Remember When Hans Gubenstein Invented Time Travel?
Well this is a major re-write. A lot has changed. The basic concept is the same but I only recognise a couple of scenes from the original. They’ve added the love story so maybe it is Groundhog Day mk II after all 😉
I have to say though that this change does make a big difference. Not just because everyone likes a love story – but because it gives the main character an arc. Before we had a series of ‘do-over’ time-travel episodes – many humourous – but just a series of scenes really. By giving the main character a love interest that he eventually learns to give it chance with – we have a sense of progress rather than just a series of funny scenes and then an end.
One thing – in the new version the bad guy gets killed when he tries to destroy the time machine. This causes a time loop feedback thingy which results in him getting fried by radiation and leaves him a smoking burnt husk. Which leads to this
Sid bends to inspect the SMOKING HUSK. Hanz’s TIME DEVICE perched ON TOP of it.
HANZ GUBENSTEIN (cont’d)
Don’t touch it. It’s evil stuff.
Well ok, I accept that this is an hommage rather than a steal. But if you’re writing a time travel comedy do you really want to compare yourself Time Bandits? It’s gonna hurt ya.
So anyway I think they’ve improved it significantly. If this is executed well – with likeable actors in the main roles – it could be a pretty decent movie.