HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Columbia Pictures has confirmed that Bill Murray would reprise his role as Phil Connors for an upcoming sequel for "Groundhog Day" to be set in Afghanistan.
The film would follow Connors — who in the years after the original film leaves a Pittsburgh news station to become Senior Digital Content Reporter for the Washington Post — as he travels to Afghanistan with infantry Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.
"Connors shakes off nerves as they deploy on Groundhog's Day, a holiday that once left his life stuck on repeat in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania," said Columbia Pictures spokeswoman Dawn Rothstein. “There's no alarm clock playing Sonny and Cher's 'I Got You Babe,' but Connors' nerves return when he wakes up each morning to the Muslim call to prayer and his staff sergeant bunkmate crinkling well worn pages of a Juggz magazine.”
On every patrol, the same locals watch them closely with cell phones in hand. They often tell interpreters they "haven't seen any Taliban for years" before making phone calls and ill-aimed pop shots begin. Which children will throw rocks becomes predictable, and every non-commissioned officer that Connors interviews gives him an identical blank stare when asked what the end goal of the war is.
Terror sets in as Connors realizes he is stuck in yet another time loop and the Helmand deployments with 3/6 repeat over and over, well past the declared 'conclusion of combat missions' in 2014. Frustration grows when it appears his friends, family and entire U.S. population are unaware that it's happening.
With filming set to begin this spring, rumors have spread about tensions in the writer's room as they struggle to find an ending that makes sense.