time Oscar winner Peter Jackson reteams with his
screenwriting partners Phillipa Boyens and Fran Walsh to
retell the story of King Kong. The large ape who is
captured and brought to civilization to meet its tragic
ends. Jackson was always interested in retelling the
story of the love story between the large creature and
Ann Darrow (played by Naomi Watts).
After his great success from
the Lord of the Ring trilogies, Peter Jackson dove right
back into filmmaking with this great and popular
character in the history of cinema. There had been so
many films made based on the original that it was
difficult to know where to begin and where to end and
still keep the audience on its toes. After a long
casting period, the main players were chosen and moved
to New Zealand to begin production. Adrian Brodey and
Jack Black were the first to step on the boat.
Jackson completed principal
photography a few months ago in New Zealand he is now
working with his team of editors to polish the rough
ends. While a trailer was released recently, many people
criticized the fact that King Kong was revealed to the
audience as opposed to extending the teaser and suspense
Recent poles and statistics have shown that the trailers
that give away the least amount of information on the
film are the one to bring the more people to the
theatres. "And it's quite understandable. People go to
see what has been marinating in their imaginations...
With King Kong, the trailer doesn't leave much room for
anything else. We know what he looks like and how he
moves. I think that this was a very bad move on part of
the marketing team," says Brian Copote.
Other films that are said to
be released around the same time as King Kong are
Machiavelli Hangman (http://www.hangmanmovie.com) and
Wedding Season with Nicole Kidman. Whether these two
smaller films will be completely crushed by the size of
Jackson's mega-motion picture is to be seen.
So far, Peter Jackson, has
enjoyed a great amount of following for the Lord of the
Rings mainly because there was such a huge fan base of
the book and there had never been a movie made from the
books. In this case, King Kong was never based on any
novels and it has been shown on the silver screen
several times. This may or may not be a handicap but one
thing's for sure. It will certainly not equal the
$300,000,000 success of the Lord of the Rings.