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Peter Jackson To Do King Kong
Universal City, CA, March 30, 2003 - Five-time Academy Award nominee
Peter Jackson will direct King Kong for Universal Pictures, it was
announced today by Stacey Snider, Chairman, Universal Pictures. Jackson
will begin work on the film immediately following the release of The Lord
Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, the third and final installment of
his blockbuster trilogy based upon the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson
will write the screenplay with his partner Fran Walsh and The Lord Of The
Rings co-writer Philippa Boyens. Jackson and Walsh will produce the film
under their WingNut Films banner. Universal Pictures will release King
Kong worldwide in 2005.
Jackson will bring his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of
the gigantic ape-monster captured in the wilds and brought to civilization
where he meets his tragic fate.
The screenplay by Jackson, Walsh and Boyens is based on the original story
by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, which became the classic 1933 RKO
Radio Pictures film, directed by adventurers Cooper and Ernest B.
Schoesdack. The RKO King Kong has been designated by the National Film
Registry of the United States Library of Congress as one of the 100
Greatest Films and chosen by that organization for permanent preservation
as a national treasure.
Jackson will employ the latest motion picture technology to cinematically
portray the timeless tale of the beast and his beauty. He will expand on
the chapters of the tale that take place in the mysterious and dangerous
jungles of Skull Island, and his Kong promises to be a unique and
breathtaking creation. As with his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson will
shoot King Kong on location in his native New Zealand. The visual effects
will be again accomplished by his New Zealand-based company Weta, Ltd.,
who have twice been honored with the Visual Effects Oscar for their work
on The Lord Of The Rings. They will supplement practical locations in
creating primordial jungles and '30s-period America.