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Johnny Depp in "King of Kong" Remake

Posted: August 20th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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MTV News sat down with Ed Cunningham and Seth Gordon, producer and director of "The King of Kong," which chronicles the arcade battle between longtime top player Billy Mitchell and upstart Steve Wiebe. Over the last several months, the documentary has generated significant buzz, including stellar reviews from film festivals and praise from the likes of Eli Roth and Kevin Smith.

They've also begun thinking about a dramatization of the documentary. The outline is approved and the film is eight weeks out from a first draft. "My first idea for Billy was Johnny Depp," Gordon said of the famously mullet-ed arcade legend. "Ed Norton I thought would be good. It's really not about the hair, it's about the eyes. It's got to be a real actor." For Wiebe, Cunningham said he's "partial to Greg Kinnear." Gordon suggested Nathan Fillion from the movie "Serenity."

Among their goals for the remake, the filmmakers want to show stuff they couldn't capture on film. For instance, there was a moment recorded only on audio when Steve was approaching a record on his "Donkey Kong" machine in his garage. As he hopped barrels toward glory, his young son was yelling, "Daddy, Daddy, wipe my butt," and hitting dad with a broom. "I think it will be pretty fun physical comedy," Gordon said.

Beyond the remake, Cunningham and Gordon would still like to stage an ultimate Billy vs. Steve matchup. Cunningham said they've considered pay-per-view. "We'd love to do that. The tricky part is how do you do it? You can't do two-player because they'd get out of their rhythm. They have to play one player. Is it first to a million? To get [the current world record, 1,050,200,] everything has to align."

Click here to our "King of Kong" review.

Source: MTV News


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