Hoax of Kong?

Thanks to Jeff for tipping me off to this report on how Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake has allegedly already blossomed into another back-to-back-to-back trilogy project, just like The Lord of the Rings. I suspect this is just one really elaborate April Fool’s Day joke, but even if it is, it’s still quite entertaining.

One thing that does appear to be genuine about the video clip linked at the other site is Peter Jackson’s rather shocking weight loss, accentuated by the fact that he isn’t wearing any glasses. If he really is tackling another instant trilogy, I’d be a wee bit concerned for the effect it may have on his health.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14715376140228118442 Jeffrey Overstreet

    It was nice of you not to reveal to the general public that I actually FELL for this hoax at first. It was the line about The Chronicles of Riddick that made me stop and go, “Waaaaaait a minute.”

    I mean, why *wouldn’t* Universal want to make Kong sequels?

  • Thom

    I think they should have pushed it further and claimed Jackson was going to turn all his previous films into trilogies. Dead Alive, Bad taste, the Frighteners, Forgotten Silver, Etc.

    Two obvious I am sure, but you could have some fun with mock titles for his earlier work.


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