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King Kong (2005)

Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, ... | NAOMI WATTS AND ADRIEN BRODY
NAOMI WATTS AND ADRIEN BRODY

Details Release Date: Dec 14, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Naomi Watts; Distributor: Universal; More

For two years now, it's been towering over this year's holiday movie season, thumping its chest to ward off any rivals. And expectations are high for Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's three-hour, $207 million update of the 1933 classic to do some serious alpha-monkey business. As for Hollywood's ongoing box office slump, Jackson swats away such concerns like so many pesky biplanes. ''We shouldn't have to worry about what's happening to cinemagoing in America or whatever,'' he says. ''All you can do is just make the best film you can.''

Anyway, this is King Kong we're talking about, the granddaddy of fantasy blockbusters, the movie Jackson has been dreaming of remaking since he was no bigger than a hobbit: ''Uncharted islands, lost worlds with dinosaurs, a big gorilla — it's just pure escapism.''

Originally posted Nov 09, 2005 Published in issue #850 Nov 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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