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King Kong Prequel in the works

Posted by LiveFor on July 28, 2009

Spirit Pictures is looking to breathe new life into King Kong and a project initially developed by effects legend Ray Harryhausen according to Variety.

Producers at the shingle have picked up the rights to the book “Kong: King of Skull Island,” a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape.

Penned by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, book focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there. It introduces other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.

The book was published at the same time Peter Jackson was producing his remake of “King Kong.”

Rights to make the movie were brokered with the Merian C. Cooper family, who own the Kong property. Cooper co-directed the original “Kong,” released in 1933.

“We’re very concerned with honoring Merian C. Cooper’s legacy in Hollywood. We want to make sure that whatever we deliver will honor his memory,” said Spirit’s Steve Iles, who worked on videogames for the “Star Wars” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises through his Pocket Studios game company.

The plan is to produce the film using motion-capture technology such as Robert Zemeckis used to make “The Polar Express,” “Beowulf” and the upcoming “A Christmas Carol.” Spirit’s own facility would produce the CG work.


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The Argonauts – Jason to set sail again in another sword and sandal epic

Posted by LiveFor on August 12, 2008

It appears that Jason and his fearless crew of the Argo are going to set sail on the big screen once more and Zak Penn (X-Men, Incredible Hulk, The Avengers) is the man to write it. Fox have hired him to write the screenplay for Jason’s journey to Colchis.

The original Jason and the Argonauts is one of my all time favourites and I’ve spent many a Sunday afternoon watching it and waiting for one of the best action sequences in any movie. Ray Harryhausen’s splendid Skeleton battle. Abso-bloody-brilliant. Pardon the tmisis! Took him four months to make and was a grand total of three minutes screen time.

So with this, the remake of Clash of the Titans, War of the Gods and the two Hercules movies in production we have a veritable Sword and Sandal epic-demic (pardon the dreadful pun) on the horizon.

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