King Kong vs. Prometheus
King Kong vs. Frankenstein was a project originally conceived as a sequel to the 1933 film King Kong, with a treatment written by stop-motion animator Willis O'Brien, featuring King Kong battling a large monster created by Dr. Frankenstein's grandson in San Francisco.
O'Brien showed his treatment and concept illustrations to Daniel O'Shea of RKO Pictures, who in turn introduced O'Brien to producer John Beck. After a handshake deal with O'Brien, Beck commissioned screenwriter George Yates to flesh out the treatment into a full screenplay that could be shown to investors. Yates changed the title to King Kong vs. Prometheus, after the full title of Mary Shelley’s original novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Unable to find an interested studio in the U.S., John Beck went to Toho with the script. Toho instead purchased the rights to use the King Kong character from RKO and produced King Kong vs. Godzilla, which Beck retained the distribution rights for in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Israel. O'Brien was not aware of the film's existence until after it had been released in Japanese theaters. He contemplated suing Beck for intent to defraud, but did not have enough money for a protracted legal battle. On November 10, 1962, O'Brien died of a heart attack in his home, and his widow would later cite "the frustration of the King Kong Vs Frankenstein deal" as a contributing factor.
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