The Making of King Kong: The Official Guide to the Motion Picture
Simon and Schuster, 2005 - 247 pages
"King Kong is Universal Pictures' long-anticipated reimagining of the classic 1933 Merian C. Cooper film, directed by Peter Jackson, Academy Award(R)-winning director of "The Lord of the Rings. Featuring stunning visual effects and a cast that includes Academy Award(R) nominee Naomi Watts, Academy Award(R) winner Adrien Brody, and Jack Black, King Kong is a groundbreaking masterpiece that breathes new life into a cinematic legend.
This official companion to the movie takes readers behind the scenes with a fascinating, intimate view of every stage of production, from scriptwriting to costuming to digital effects. Packed with exclusive images and personal recollections from the filmmakers, actors, and crew, "The Making of King Kong takes you on a captivating journey to Wellington, New Zealand, where readers will: find out what it's like to be on set during filming; learn the tricks of the miniatures trade from the wizards of Weta Workshop; experience 1930s New York with the expert team of construction workers and set dressers; and marvel at the cutting-edge technology of Weta Digital. Over 200 full-color photos -- including original concept art, digital storyboards, and candid behind-the-scenes snapshots -- vividly illustrate this massive cinematic undertaking, alongside in-depth interviews with Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop, Andy Serkis, Philippa Boyens, and many more. "The Making of King Kong is a comprehensive, indispensable companion to the acclaimed film that no fan should miss.