Peter Jackson To Re-Make 'King Kong' Classic

After the third and final Lord of the Rings installment, director Peter Jackson will turn his attention towards remaking the classic King Kong, says Hollywood Reporter.

Jackson will begin work immediately on the project, expecting a 2005 release from Universal Pictures, after the December release of The Return of the King. He wrote the script with partner Fran Walsh and 'Rings' co-scribe Philippa Boyens.

The script will be based on the original story by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, which served as the basis for the 1933 RKO Radio Pictures release. That film, directed by Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, introduced audiences to the story of the gigantic gorilla captured in the wilds and brought to civilization, where he meets a tragic fate.

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