King Kong approaches
Horror director Peter Jackson of the ghost pic The Frighteners, zombie flick Braindead and flesh-eating alien slasher film Bad Taste (he also did a few other movies in the fantasy genre too) is about to unleash King Kong, one of the greatest horror monsters of all time, on Dec. 14. It's a rehash of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, but what a tale: a mysterious jungle, a giant ape worshipped as a god, a monster rampaging through a city. Here is the link to the official site. For news and fan postings visit Kong is King. With Jackson's film coming out, a new DVD version of the 1933 original will also be released. Like Kong, the director of the original film, Merian C. Cooper, was a larger than life figure himself. From the Deseret News:
Cooper is most famous for creating and directing the character and film "King Kong" — and if that were the sum of his life he would still be worthy of interest and praise from biographers and film buffs. But Kong was only a part of his 80 years as a filmmaker, director, soldier, prisoner of war, explorer, innovator, businessman and mogul.