Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wired 13.10: Return of the King
Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong hits the big screen in December. But for the last year, he's been giving eager fans a behind-the-scenes look at the world he built for the big ape. Posted while the cameras were still rolling, these extraordinary online diaries break every closed-set taboo in Hollywood.
The diaries started modestly last September as a way to give Jackson's Lord of the Rings fans a glimpse of his next project. Starring Naomi Watts as heroine Ann Darrow (the role made famous by Fay Wray), Jack Black as filmmaker Carl Denham, and Adrien Brody as writer and hero Jack Driscoll, King Kong is the most anticipated movie of the high-stakes Christmas season. By the time the film is released in December, the director will have posted nearly 100 entries, with a collective running time of six and a half hours. Edited into broadband-friendly installments of three or four minutes each, they are basically snippets that viewers usually see on the DVD: a tour of the set, a roving camera introducing key players behind the scene, a peek inside the sound booth during last-minute dubbing. But the Kongisking journals are more than a mere tease. They have blossomed into a real-time documentary about the making of King Kong, the world's first comprehensive, downloadable study of how a $175 million movie gets made, down to the last fleck of modeling clay.

Wired 13.10: Gorilla Filmmaking
A King Kong photo portfolio
 : King Kong Production Stills

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