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King Kong

Release Date: December 14, 2005

December 16, 2005
Kong less than mighty

Stunning forecasters and industry experts, King Kong had a suprisingly slow start on its first day. Its Wednesday debut amounted to $9.7 million in receipts from North America, though it did find a respectable $8 million internationally. Even though studio executives from Universal are saying that they're okay with this result due to kids still being in school and bad weather probably taking its toll across the country, there's not much we can do to sugar-coat this number. It's exceptionally disappointing, particularly given the massive media push and strong reviews the film has been receiving. It's not all over just yet, though. Much will depend on whether the film follows a Lord of the Rings trajectory (which would probably mean a $50 million five-day). If it can pull a Shrek 2, however, which looked disappointing on Wednesday but then came up with more than $100 million from Friday-to-Sunday.
Source: Variety

October 17, 2005
Composer shuffle for Kong

Just two months before the movie is due to be released, Howard Shore has left as composer for King Kong. Director Peter Jackson issued a statement that said the departure came due to creative differences. The two had previously worked together on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. James Newton Howard will take Shore's place.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

July 29, 2004
Bell and Parke looking for Kong

Jamie Bell and Evan Parke have joined the cast of Peter Jackson's King Kong for Universal Pictures. Bell will take on the role of a young cameraman who is accompanying Jack Black's character, a filmmaker, on a journey to find the giant gorilla. Meanwhile, Parke plays the first mate on the Venture, a steamer that is sailing to skull island. He'll eventually lead the charge of the rescue team that is sent into the jungle to save Naomi Watts' character. Adrien Brody is also already onboard to star.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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