Inside is some great news regarding Peter Jackson’s upcoming remake of King Kong. The scoop gives details about the filming locations and the setting for the film. King Kong, which is set for a 2005 release, could star Naomi Watts as the lead, Ann Darro. Read on for the full details from the upcoming $200 million dollar picture!
The Dominion Post scored some great information from Peter Jackson regarding his next endeavor, King Kong, “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.
Jackson, who will be in Los Angeles tomorrow for The Return of the King’s United States premiere, said he still had to edit an extended version of the third Lord of the Rings film for DVD late next year. He wanted it done before Christmas.
But after taking a short holiday, 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.”