King Kong (unmade Hammer film)

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King Kong
A screenshot from test footage for Hammer's King Kong
Alternate titles Hammer's King Kong
Planned 1966-1971
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King Kong is an unrealized remake of the 1933 film of the same name by Hammer Films.

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British studio Hammer Films, famous for its horror films from the 1950s onward and specifically its remakes of Universal Pictures' classic films Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy, considered producing a remake of King Kong in 1966. Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'Brien's stop-motion animation assistant for several giant monster films, Jim Danforth, and David Allen created test footage for the film's climactic Empire State Building scene, which was later used in a 1972 Volkswagen commercial. When Hammer approached RKO Pictures for the rights to King Kong, the studio declined on the basis of its "no remakes policy." The project was shut down until the early 1970s, when Hammer again approached RKO, with the same result. Ironically, later in the decade RKO reversed its policy and allowed producer Dino De Laurentiis to produce his own remake of King Kong, which was released in 1976.[1]

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