Die archivierten Nachrichten aus der Rubrik "Aktuelles"...
NZ radio 89FM reports that Peter Jackson wants Michael J. Fox to play a major part but it depends on Fox's health.
Bei DH gibt es ein Interview mit den Peter Jackson...
[...] Talking about King Kong, Jackson’s mammoth follow up to Rings, Jackson, who has thrown out the old script and is re-writing from scratch, says that he is utilising his Rings experiences into his all-new Kong. "What we are doing with Kong now, which is a lesson that we learnt from Lord of the Rings, is to actually treat it as very real. What we did with Rings, was to say ‘ok, we have the fantasy elements, to have the Balrog, the Trolls, Orcs, Elves and Dwarves but we’re going to write it with a degree of truth within the world that the story exists in. So we tried to eliminate a lot of artifice and simplicity from it and tried to actually have the actors play their roles as genuinely as they could and with as much depth and true spirit as they could and we think that Kong is going to be interesting if we do that with Kong now. Our first script that we wrote was a very Hollywood/Indian Jonesy type thing and now we think it is going to be much more interesting. How would you react if you went to an island and found dinosaurs and a giant gorilla? How would you react if you see the woman being kidnapped by the gorilla? If you were a woman, how would you react if you were kidnapped by the gorilla? What would you do? And the exploration of what you would do and how you would feel and who is Kong and why is he doing this and what does he represent and to make him real. So our interest now lies in writing a script which now has a lot of emotional truth to it." [...]
Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit den Drehbuchautorinnen Fran Walsh und Philippa Boyens...
Are you going ape?
PB: Yeah, we are going ape. That’s what I was just going to mention. It is amazing. You have breakfast, or you have a cup of tea, and suddenly you’re talking about stuff. Peter’s having this idea, or Fran’s having an idea, and I’m sitting there eating my cereal going, "I want to see this movie! I want to see this movie!" Because you just know it’s going to be fantastic.
So, you are departing from the earlier draft.
It’s going to be much different.
FW: We’re tossing it out.
Is anything going to remain?
FW: Some of the action sequences will remain.
FW: There was a brontosaurus part, I believe.
How different is it?
FW: It’ll be much closer to the 1933 film.
And Naomi Watts is definitely in the film?
FW: We hope so.
PB: We’re 99.9 percent sure.
FW: They’re finalizing details. [...]
Director Peter Jackson is poised to flex his Hollywood muscle by securing a top male film star for his new project King Kong - he wants to lure George Clooney or Robert De Niro here.
While Jackson is overseas attending The Return of the King premieres, he is also in talks with agents to cast stars for the $100 million remake, to be filmed in Wellington next year.
Naomi Watts is in talks to play Ann Darrow, the female lead played by Fay Wray in the 1933 original film.
But it is understood Jackson has long-harboured desires to cast Clooney - or Oscar winner De Niro - as male lead Carl Denham, the adventurer who captures the giant ape and brings him back to New York.
Sources involved in the project said Jackson wanted to hire either star when he first talked to Universal Studios about the remake in 1996.
The project was suspended in mid-1998 when the studio feared it would clash with two other monster movie remakes, Mighty Joe Young and Godzilla.
The delay allowed Jackson to go ahead with the Rings films.
Given the widespread commercial and critical success of the trilogy, Jackson now has considerable clout when it comes to picking his stars.
And the director was also tipped to again put himself in one of his films in a cameo role - possibly that of the pilot who shoots down King Kong in the film's climax, the source said. [...]
Jackson's collaboration with Universal is his second work with the studio, after The Frighteners, for which he was paid $6.5m.
His deal for King Kong will pay a record $20m, or a massive 20% of the profits.
SF Wire meldet...
Lord of the Rings co-writer Philippa Boyens, who will also co-write Rings director Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong remake, told SCI FI Wire that the movie will derive heavily from the original 1933 Kong. "We're in the stage right now where anything's possible," Boyens said in an interview about what she calls the "big hairy ape" movie, which she and Jackson will write with their Rings writing partner Fran Walsh.
Boyens added, "It's definitely [set in the] 1930s, which is a fascinating era in human history. Pete was inspired by the original, so ... the landmarks of that story are going to hold true. [Kong's] going to New York. He's going to climb the Empire State Building. All of these things, you know?" Will he be attacked by biplanes, as in the original film? "Don't know," Boyens said with a laugh.
Boyens added that Rings co-star Andy Serkis (Gollum) is being eyed to play the giant ape. "Yes, as far as I know, hopefully, Kong will be Andy for sure," Boyens said.
For his part, Jackson said in a separate interview with SCI FI Wire that he believes the time is right for a Kong remake. "It's always been unfinished business for us, and it's always been a project that I've wanted to make, because I'm a big fan of the first film. It's my favorite movie. ... I think there's a legitimate reason to do it again now, because that I think the young generation now, meaning the teenagers, basically, are the first generation that aren't interested in looking at black-and-white movies. ... We've reached the point where King Kong isn't going to really get watched anymore by young kids. It's done. And I just feel that it's a good time to remake it with technology and try to retain the heart of the original film."
SF Wire meldet...
Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis confirmed in a SCIFI.COM chat that he's talked with Rings director Peter Jackson about playing the title role in Jackson's upcoming remake of the classic SF movie King Kong, though nothing is set. In response to a question from SCI FI Wire in the Dec. 2 chat, Serkis said, "At the moment nothing is confirmed. But I would give anything to work with Peter again. And we've talked."
Serkis, who provided the voice and movements for the computer-animated character Gollum in the Rings films, would likely do the same for Kong. Serkis added that other Rings stars may work with Jackson again. "He's expressed a desire to work with a lot of the cast again," Serkis said.
[...] Director Peter Jackson, fresh from the Return of the King world premiere, will start work on his $200 million King Kong film in Wellington next month.
[...] he would spend most of his time from January working on King Kong, inspired by the 1933 film. Shooting is planned for August mainly in Wellington.
Jackson said that, because the film would be set in the 1930s, to create the period it would be easier to shoot about 80 per cent of the film at his Miramar studios. Some of the natural locations, including King Kong's home, Skull Island, would also be shot at the studios.
A key feature of the film is a freighter ship, Manuia, - believed to be berthed at Miramar - which takes King Kong from Skull Island to New York.
"I'm interested in (King) Kong being quite stylised and the jungles of Skull Island I want to be very over-the-top, like a jungle from hell. I imagine we are going to be more successful pulling that off in the studio or in a back lot than we are trying to find a beech forest in the South Island," he said.
There would be some location shooting for scenes on beaches or in boats, "but I'm not imagining a huge amount".[...]
NEWS.com.au sprach mit PJ & Co. über die kommenden Projekte, u.a. "King Kong"...
[...] He is currently writing the King Kong screenplay with his partner Fran Walsh and The Lord of the Rings co-writer Philippa Boyens - and they are being paid $US20 million ($27.7 million) against 20 per cent of the box office gross to do it.
Australian actress Naomi Watts has already been tipped as the star and media attention is now turning to those who worked on The Lord of the Rings.
"We don't really know who's going to be in King Kong yet,'' Jackson said.
"Whether it's King Kong or films in the next 10 or 20 years, I'm hoping that I'm going to be and I'm actually fully intending to try to work with all these people again because they've just been so fantastic.'' [...]
Stuff.co.nz zitiert Ian McKellen...
[...] Sir Ian said there was talk about a role in director Peter Jackson's next film.
"He did say he might have something for me to do in King Kong and I hope that's true. It would be lovely." [...]
The L.A. Times reports that some of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy crew at Peter Jackson's New Zealand visual effects shop Weta Digital are already at work on King Kong.
Company executives acknowledge they will ramp down the Weta Digital facility. They say they are scrambling to keep much of their staff busy until 2005, when Jackson begins filming his next potential blockbuster, a remake of the 1933 film "King Kong." Moran began bidding on other post-"Rings" film and television projects nearly a year ago - a car commercial here, a sequence of effects for a smaller film there.
Some workers who have wrapped up their part on the trilogy already are working on "King Kong." Artists with the prop and physical effects side of Weta are developing sketches and models of the enormous gorilla and the estimated 30 dinosaurs that will be featured in the film. [...]
The Canadian Press sprach mit Andrew Serkis, Elijah Wood und Billy Boyd, u.a. auch über "King Kong"... Miniserie !?!
[...] Jackson will be proceeding with a miniseries remake of King Kong. Wood says he'd love to be in that one. Serkis denies reports he would be the actor behind the big ape's face, but says if he were asked he wouldn't say no. [...]
DH scheint zu wissen, wer den Affen spielt... ;-)
Its short and from a regular source who must remain anonymous but its a very interesting (albeit unconfirmed) rumour nonetheless:
"Just talked to a guy visiting the UK, scouting studio facilities and locations for a New Zealand based film project. The guy in question also works closely with Weta, and revealed a startling fact about Peter Jackson's next opus, King Kong.
Apparently, Jackson is planning to use a similar technique for creating the CGI Kong to that used for Gollum, and to this end has already 'booked' Andy Serkis to bring Kong to life in a similar way.
Serkis will once again don his blue body-suit, and is understood to already be studying ape movements and mime techniques as preparation". [...]
Caltanet.it sprach mit dem Make-Up-Künstler Gino Acevedo...
What about King Kong? Are you involved in the project?
Yes, and Peter Jackson is already working on it. Five moths ago some people began the design and sculpted the Dinosaurs, you know...there are a lot of Dinosaurs, so they sculpted these big maquettes. I starded with KK three weeks ago, but I’m still working on RotK..it’s almost finished, still two weeks! [...]
SF Wire meldet...
Naomi Watts confirmed to TV Guide Online that she has spoken with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson about starring in his upcoming King Kong remake. "I've always admired him, even before The Lord of the Rings," the Australian actress told the site.
Watts (The Ring) added, "The King Kong story is so iconic. There's something really simple, beautiful and heartbreaking about it, and he would take it to a whole new level."
King Kong might have Naomi Watts in the palm of his hand. The Australian actress has emerged as the top contender to star in Universal Pictures' "King Kong" for filmmaker Peter Jackson. Watts would play Ann Darrow, an American actress who makes a living performing in Broadway song and dance shows in Depression-era New York. The role was immortalized by Fay Wray in the original 1933 classic and by Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake. No deal is in place, but an offer has been made, sources said. Jackson and Watts were in London late last month in what was described as "a meeting among friends." Sources also said that Jackson, who is still working "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," is expected to start writing the "King Kong" script in November and plans to shoot next summer. Watts next appears in Focus Features' "21 Grams." She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Universal Pictures will pay "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy director Peter Jackson $20 million against 20% of the gross from the new King Kong movie, marking one of the largest deals ever made with a director.
Jackson will share that fee with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the duo with whom he wrote "The Lord of the Rings" films. The trio shares writing duties on King Kong. And part of the compensation goes to Walsh for producing the film with him.
The $20 million advance puts Jackson in the same territory as stars like Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson. There will be no other gross players on the film, which has been greenlit and is slotted for Christmas 2005.
Jackson's payday is tied to bringing in the film at an agreed-upon budget. The compensation doesn't include funds Universal will invest to shoot the film in New Zealand.
Bei AICN Downunder gibt es die Übersetzung eines Interviews mit Peter Jackson...
PJ says : "King kong to be based on the original movie." "King Kong" is going to be Peter Jacksons next movie after "The return of the king". It will be made in New Zeeland with the same krew as the rings trilogi.
PJ: "this is the perfect time to do "King Kong" we kan ALL start on this projekt in the fall the script is basikly ready."
PJ: "we are focusing on the old movie plot from 1933, we kompleted the script a kouple of years ago before rings, but we are not kompletly satesfied yet. when we are finished with the RINGS Fran, Philippa and I will sitt down and Komplete the final script revision,"
Aftonbladet: Will it have the same story as the original?
PJ: "Yes its the same basik story and it takes place during the 30`s. its importent that teh movie feels realistik, and now we just have to find teh island that the great Gorilla and the dinosours live on."
Aftonbladet: are you going to be filming in new york as well?
PJ:" No, We are shooting everything from Nya Zeeland. but we will turn it into new york of the 1930's in the end of the movie."
No actors pieked for the film. Peter Jackson says that he has not choosen any actors yet for the film as yet, but he says that Ian McKellen who is playing Gandalf in the rings trilogi will have a part in the movie.
Ian mckellen: "if there are not alot of actors from the rings trilogi in king kong i will be very surprized and dissapointed."
The crew and orginasation of lord of the rings will be totally behind King Kong.
PJ: "its kommón sense to use the crew of lord of the rings for this movie, Weta is working till oktober on return of the king and after that they will begin working on king kong fulltime!"
Aftonbladet:What do you think about the new version of King kong from 1976?
PJ: "we will act like it never happend!" [...]
Empire Online sprach mit Ray Harryhausen über Peter Jacksons "King Kong"-Remake...
[...] "If anyone's going to do it, then he will," Harryhausen enthused. "The last remake was quite a disappointment. It lost all the fantasy and King Kong is one of the greatest film fantasies on the screen."
Jackson will be employing the latest technology to portray the beast, something that Harryhausen is looking forward to seeing.
"CGI is remarkable, but is not the be-all and end-all. What's important is what interests the public. If you can do it with a yo-yo, then why not! It shouldn't define everything. CGI doesn't make a better film, it's the stories that make the film." [...]
Variety reports that Universal has set release dates for the two remakes of genre classics it's currently working on. DAWN OF THE DEAD, currently rolling in Toronto, is slated for a March 26, 2004 debut, while Peter Jackson's KING KONG has been pencilled in for December 14, 2005. That's the strongest indication yet that the studio is serious about getting Jackson's long-mooted pet project going, and it gives him plenty of time to work on it. Now we all just have to deal with the wait! In addition, Universal moved up its PITCH BLACK sequel THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK from June 25, 2004 to June 11. [...]
Gegenüber Music from the Movies bestätigte Howard Shore, dass er den "King Kong" Soundtrack komponiert...
Howard Shore + King Kong = true! Yes, the Academy Award-winning 'Lord Of The Rings' composer will continue to work for director Peter Jackson after completion of the Tolkien trilogy. "Peter has asked me to work with him on 'King Kong' and I am looking forward to our further collaboration", Howard confirms to Music from the Movies.
Bei TORn gibt es einen Auszug aus einem PJ-Interview mit dem neuseeländischen "Onfilm"-Magazin: Das 1996er "King Kong"-Drehbuch wird komplett überarbeitet...
[...] As in LOTR, Peter and Fran will be joined by Philippa Boyens on the screenplay. "We can do a complete rewrite. Now that Philippa has joined the team, it's a chance to start over," said Jackson. When he and Fran finished the first script in 1996, he said, "The basic storyline will be very similar but the scenes, the sequences and the detail will be very different." Now he finds he doesn't like "the flip, smart-arsed tone of our old script. We are better writers ow than we were in 1996. This new version will be based on the 1933 movie, but not on our 1996 script. This movie will be so much better than the 1996 film would have been. In hindsight, fate has been kind to us."
Jackson also commented that more of the film- about two thirds - will be set on Skull Island, as compared to previous versions.
He has always said that he didn't want to make a "colourised version" of the original. That is to my mind rather like his approach to making LOTR - he evidently never intended to make a "visual xerox" of the book.
[25.04.2003] CS! meldet...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Interactive president Jim Wilson on Thursday showed off several video game franchise properties, including Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and 2 Fast 2 Furious. Wilson also said he's in talks with director Peter Jackson and Universal Pictures to bring King Kong to video games. [...]
Bei DH gibt es eine weitere Kritik zum "King Kong" Drehbuch... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es eine Kritik zum "King Kong" Drehbuch (1996)...
[...] this new Kong should prove to be quite a spectacle. There's a sequence set in Kong's lair where, in order to protect Ann, he fights off a swarm of giant bat-like critters. Kong's battle with a trio of dinosaurs was another high-point. I also liked the way Kong himself was re-imagined. He's described as being more ferocious-looking and primordial; he's not just an oversized gorilla. He's covered with battle scars and the silver in his fur indicates advanced age. And Kong finally moves and behaves like a real gorilla, which means we should be spared the sight of Rick Baker walking around in a shoddy ape suit.
Overall, I must admit to being somewhat disappointed with this 1996 draft. It was just too much like Jurassic Park for my liking. Fortunately, though, Jackson has already announced that the script will be overhauled this October. I hope he gets to make the King Kong movie he's long dreamt of making (and not some derivation of another Universal franchise). [...]
The Dominion Post sprach mit Peter Jackson...
[...] Most of the King Kong crew would be New Zealanders, though Jackson was required by Universal studios to hire international actors for most of the bigger roles. [...]
Two-thirds of the film is set on the mysterious Skull Island - which is supposed to be somewhere near Sumatra in the story - so location scouts would be looking for a jungle-type location and beaches around the country.
The New York set for the last act of the movie would be shot in Wellington because filming in New York would be too expensive and too difficult to get the right 1930s look, Jackson said.
"We will build somewhere in the Wellington area. We'll just find some flat land and build a big back block set of New York streets and then use our computers to extend the buildings, make the streets longer and the buildings higher. It may just be a field somewhere on someone's farmland."
On a scale of one to ten, Jackson anticipates King Kong will be a nine-and-a-half, with mammoth special effects.
King Kong and all the dinosaurs will be computer-generated and as real as the wretched Gollum in The Two Towers, he said. [...]
Jackson said it was far too early to say what his stamp on the film would be, but it would certainly look like it had come out of our stables.
As for his cameo role, just wait and see, he said.
Latino Review veröffentlichte folgendes Gerücht bzgl. der Besetzung von Kate Winslet (u.a. nachzulesen bei Bloody-Disgusting)...
"[...] the talk in LA offices on Monday is that the big cats want Kate Winslet to play the leading lady for the upcoming remake of KING KONG. Which makes kind of sense since Kate Winslet worked with Peter Jackson before in Heavenly Creatures (1994) and she has done a film for Universal in The Life of David Gale (2003), and sometimes studios tend to stick to the same people they've worked with before. [...]"
Bei AICN gibt es einen Kommentar von Harry Knowles zur offiziellen Ankündigung von Universal: Peter Jackson's "King Kong" wird gedreht !!!
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. [...]
AICN Downunder meldet...
Peter Jackson making KING KONG. My source was positive. My source was subsequently embarrassed when he read the refute, and went further into the detail about it... He is connected to people involved in post-production on RETURN OF THE KING, and these people believe their next project will be KONG. Are they being told this to throw them off the scent, or are they repeating rumours they themselves have heard? PJ's response to Harry last week was that they were making "Bar--"... and he cut himself off. One talkbacker suggested he'd be making a BARNEY THE DINOSAUR film, and though that fits with the "large creature terrorising civilisation" theme of KONG, it wasn't until I received an email from somebody else close to Jackson that it started to make sense...
AICN Downunder berichtet und Harry Knowles kommentiert...
Peter Jackson will direct KING KONG for Universal, from a script by Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens. Yes, this is has been refuted by many places, not least of which is this one here. Recently, Harry reported that Wingnut Films are working on a BIG film that is *not* KING KONG. It was that report which gave me a great deal of skepticism when I first received the scoop... but I checked the source out. He says that unless there’s a change at Wingnut in the short-term, they are making KING KONG. And they’re going to offically announce it in the next few months.
HARRY HERE: I asked Peter about this and he said that it wasn't true. That all that he, Fran and Phillipa are working on are pick-up scenes for RETURN OF THE KING and writing their next project titled "Bar -" and then he stopped and said, "Almost gave it away".
[31.01.2003] Bei CS! gibt es eine Variety-Meldung, laut der sich Walsh und Jackson möglicherweise doch noch dem "King Kong"-Remake annehmen... Allerdings wird definitiv erst ein "kleinerer" Film gemacht...
The Digital Bits berichtet über die "King Kong"-DVD...
This hasn't been announced, but it comes directly from authorized studio sources, so you can consider it official. We've been told by Warner that their upcoming special edition release of King Kong will NOT be released in 2003. The studio very much wanted to make it happen this year, given that it's the film's 70th anniversary, but their greater concern is to make sure that the film is presented in the highest possible quality on DVD. Apparently, the process of fully restoring and remastering the film has been very time consuming and the studio wants to make sure it's done properly. If all goes well, look for Kong in 2004.
STUFF.co.nz zitiert Peter Jackson...
Kiwi film-maker Peter Jackson will not rule out a remake of King Kong, but is committed to two small films after The Lord Of The Rings is completed, he has told an American magazine.
Jackson spent six months developing designs and a script for King Kong with his partner Fran Walsh before backer Universal Pictures pulled out in 1997.
But in an interview in horror and fantasy magazine Fangoria, Jackson said Universal had changed its mind and was interested.
"If we were to do (King) Kong - and we haven't had anything more than an initial expression of interest from the studio - we'd be looking at something like 2006. At this point in time, it's sort of out there as a possibility because (the original is) still my favourite film, and to go back into it would be fun," he said. [...]"
Bei TNMC gibt es ein recht positives Script-Review...
[...] So now that we've gotten the money talk and name dropping out of the way, is the script any good and is it material worthy of such a remake? The answer is yes and maybe. Jackson takes the King Kong story and gives it a healthy dose of what he knows best, action and gore. Do you recall the scene in the original movie where Kong does battle with a dinosaur? Magnify that scene by a hundred and you get an idea of what Jackson has in mind. This makes for an action packed script that should translate into a movie that will have people flocking to theaters. Will critics treat it as warmly as the original? Probably not if there are no rewrites but the potential is there. [...]
During a promotional interview last December shortly before his first installment of Rings was released, Jackson was quoted by Cinescape that his team was "developing King Kong and The Lord of the Rings at the same time, and we decided to make King Kong first. Unfortunately, Universal canned the movie after we worked on it for about six months."
Six months later, Rings has racked up a number of awards and nominations worldwide and has generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue in ticket sales and video pre-sales.
They're ready to make Kong now, with Peter Jackson at the helm.
If the report I got from Mr. Transistorsan is correct, Universal and Jackson's team are in primary negotiations to get the project up and running as soon as The Return of the King is released. [...]
Universal and Jackson already spent several months and several millions of dollars on developing the new Kong. The script is written, the production is designed and everything is ready to go. Considering the quantum leaps new digital technologies have taken since 1997, this beast might be the greatest of them all.
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