Groundhog Day, the comedy starring actor Bill Murray, is getting a sequel. Unfortunately, it isn’t in the form of a new film but rather a VR game.
Sony announced that the cult classic film would be receiving a sequel. Instead of it being another star-studded film, the sequel will actually be a new VR game that is being developed by Tequila Works, the team behind Rime and Deadlight.
The game will take place roughly 26 years after the film and will see players take on the role of Phill Connors Jnr., the son of Bill Murray’s character from the film. It just so happens that, just like his dad, Phill Jnr. is also stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and, just like his dad, he is forced to relive the same day over, and over, and over again.
The game, titled Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, will have branching narratives.
In an interview with Variety, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures VR Jake Zim commented on how this isn’t just a quick cash grab but rather an expansion of the film universe.
“We are not developing a new Groundhog Day movie. This is us expanding the storyline into a new format. We’ve taken Groundhog Day and put it into a musical, now we’re putting it into an immersive experience.”