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In 1933, Merian C. Cooper brought the film King Kong to theaters. It was an instant classic. Audiences thrilled to the total fantasy of the story. It took them away from their daily lives during the Great Depression. The film immortalized the empire state building and has made this giant ape an element of American pop culture.
More than sixty years later, a young independent filmmaker named Peter Jackson was in production of a remake of the classic film. The original script was very much different from the story of the 1930s. It went through a few drafts when Universal Pictures shut the film down due the knowledge that two other films about giant animals were coming out later in the year.
With his first big-budget film no longer in production, Jackson embarked on the most ambitious film projects of the last century. He went on to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The films broke box office records and was nominated for dozens of awards. After the enormous success of these fantasy films, Jackson re-embarked on his first dream project.
King Kong went into production from 2003-2005. With Jackson suffering occasional bouts of exhaustion and barely making deadlines with visual effects shots, this film became just as difficult as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yet, the film was a huge success, winning three academy awards and went on to become one of the most financially successful films of 2005.