Genre: ACTION / ADVENTURE / FANTASY / DRAMA
Release Dates: DECEMBER 14, 2005
Kong is King includes a production diary direct from the set in New Zealand
The eighth wonder of the World.
Coming from Skull Island… Christmas 2005.
Production Company: Wingnut Films / Big Primate Pictures
Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a group of explorers and documentary filmmakers who travel to the mysterious Skull Island to investigate legends of a giant gorilla named Kong. Once there, they discover that King Kong is a real creature, living in a massive jungle where creatures from prehistoric times have been protected and hidden for millions of years.
Crew: Peter Jackson (cr-writer, director and producer); Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace (original story); Fran Walsh (co-writer and producer); Philippa Boyens (co-writer); Jan Blenkin and Carolynne Cunningham (producers)
Cast: Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl Denham, Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll, Andy Serkis as King Kong and Lumpy the Cook, Jamie Bell as Jimmy, Kyle Chandler as Bruce Baxter, Lobo Chan as Choy, Thomas Kretschmann as Captain Englehorn, Evan Parke as Hayes, Colin Hanks as Preston, John Sumner as Herb, David Dengelo as Venture Crew, Stephen Hall as Venture Crew, Richard Kavanagh as Venture Crew and Louis Sutherland as Venture Crew
Studio: Universal Pictures
Film Fetish trivia:
Actor Andy Serkis plays two “roles” in the film. His plays a cook, and does the body characterizations for King Kong. Peter Jackson chose Serkis based on his work as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Serkis studied gorillas in Africa in preparation for his performance as King Kong also.
Alex Norton was offered a role but had to pass because the dates clashed with a TV project.
Making a faithful remake of the original King Kong, has been a dream for director Peter Jackson since he was a child.
Director Peter Jackson used proprietary special effects, originally created for the making of King Kong, in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The two original models of the Brontosaurus from the original 1933 movie were used for reference in creating a creature for a similar dinosaur sequence in this version.
Actor Adrien Brody did his own stunt driving during production of the film.
Peter Jackson was paid $20 million to direct King Kong, which is until this time the highest salary ever paid to a film director in advance of a film.
During production, Peter Jackson hosted a video production diary, made specifically for the fan website, kongisking.net. Diary entries were posted every 2-3 days and filmed by staff of the website and gave an exclusive look at the production of the film, with other cast and crew members often acting as “guides”. Eventually visitors to the website were invited to email in questions to potentially be answered in future videos.