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King Kong

King Kong: Huge. Awesome. Irresistible. Just Not Overbearing

Release Date: December 14, 2005

Genre: Dramatic adventure

Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks and Kyle Chandler

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

Producers: Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson

Three-time Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) directs King Kong), bringing 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 (three-time Oscar® winner) and Boyens (Academy Award® winner) 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. Expanding on the chapters of the tale that take place in the mysterious and dangerous jungles of Skull Island, Jackson's 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. Visual effects will be again accomplished by New Zealand-based companies Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, recipients of multiple Academy Awards® for their collective work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Visual effects and miniatures will supplement practical locations in creating primordial jungles and '30s-period America.

King Kong is produced by Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.

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