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Director Talks "King of Kong" Remake

Posted: November 18th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Last year director Seth Gordon introduced the world to competitive video game playing in a documentary called "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." New Line Cinema picked up the film for distribution and also announced that they will be remaking the documentary as a feature film.

FirstShowing had the chance to speak to Gordon at the "Four Christmases" press junket, which he also directed, about the movie based on his documentary.

"From the moment we first thought, people might want to see [the documentary], and therefore we might be seeking a theatrical release, it became clear that a narrative remake for it was what film studios would really be interested in," he said, adding that because there's no money in documentaries, New Line always had their eyes set on the remake rights.

After New Line picked it up, a script was immediately attempted. "That was the first pass of the script in a sense, but then we hired a real writer to come in and take that content and shape scenes," said Gordon. That writer is Michael Bacall, an actor who has recently penned Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim."

Gordon went on to discuss what we can expect in the movie. "There's going to be less of the talking heads," he said. "And we couldn't be everywhere for the making of the documentary, so some stuff had to be done that way. So we'll show the moments we weren't able to be present for, but in terms of the story, it's going to be a very similar story - about Wiebe losing his job, rediscovering Kong, thinking he's the best in the world at something only to have it taken away by a guy who won't let go of his title."

"We're going to try, if we can, to really reference and use the documentary where possible," Gordon adds. "To me it's about not compromising the original, if we can help it. They have made a really strong, aggressive commitment to it. So I imagine it's something that'll be able to start up again pretty soon."

Click here to read our "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" review.

Source: FirstShowing


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i3u7n5 writes:
on November 19th, 2008 at 9:23:11 AM

The docu was awesome, this is completely unnecessary...typical Hollywood.

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