UBISOFT AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONSUMER
PRODUCTS GROUP ANNOUNCE UNVEILING OF PETER JACKSON’S KING KONG™
Award-winning Videogame Creator and Three-time Academy Award®
Winner Collaborate to Create Groundbreaking Videogame Experience
SAN FRANCISCO — MAY 10, 2005 — Today Ubisoft and Universal
Studios Consumer Products Group, announced that the first preview of Peter
Jackson’s King Kong, the video game based on Universal Pictures’ December 14th
release, King Kong, from three-time Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The
Lord of the Rings trilogy), will be unveiled at Ubisoft’s booth (#1300, South
Hall) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.
The King Kong area of Ubisoft’s booth will be the largest ever
created for a Ubisoft title, representing 40 percent of the entire booth and
standing 20 feet (6 meters) tall. It will showcase the phenomenal creative
results that are possible when industry-leading film and video game
professionals come together to create a new paradigm in entertainment.
“Ubisoft is thrilled to be collaborating with Peter Jackson,
Wingnut Films and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to make Peter
Jackson’s King Kong video game an unforgettable experience,” said Yves
Guillemot, president and chief executive officer of Ubisoft. “The game exceeds
any previous movie-based title in graphic quality and adaptation of a storyline
while taking full advantage of the strengths of the interactive video game
experience. Peter Jackson’s King Kong will be Ubisoft’s most impressive and
successful game of 2005.”
Beth Goss, executive vice president of Universal Studios
Consumer Products Group added, "King Kong has provided the unique opportunity to
put two visionary storytellers – Peter Jackson and Michel Ancel – together to
create an extraordinary piece of interactive entertainment. This video game has
been a great adventure, both in its development and in the experience it will
deliver to players."
The King Kong Collaboration:
Michel Ancel, creative director at Ubisoft, regarded as one of
the top innovative minds in the video game industry, and his team at Ubisoft’s
Montpellier (France) studio are working with Peter Jackson and Wingnut Films to
capture and create the King Kong movie dynamics through a unique video game
"It’s an absolute pleasure working with Ubisoft on the video
game," said triple Academy Award® winner and King Kong director Peter Jackson.
"Being able to collaborate closely together from day one is of utmost
importance, which is why we’ve given Ubisoft unlimited access to every creative
aspect of our film production. We really want the game and the film to be part
of the same universe."
“We’re amazed by Peter Jackson’s creativity and what he brings
to the project,” said Michel Ancel, creative director at Ubisoft. “Peter
Jackson’s King Kong is a creation that closely follows the storyline of the
movie yet, as video games have the innate ability to do, will push the emotional
tension of the film to even greater depths. We are incorporating content
directly from Weta, some of which is exclusive, and creating unprecedented
gameplay that will lead players into an emotional journey featuring epic
battles, tough choices and a dynamic experience in a visually stunning
About King Kong
Jackson re-teams with longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and
Philippa Boyens, co-writing the screenplay with three-time Oscar®-winning
partner Walsh and The Lord of the Rings co-writer, Academy Award® winner Boyens.
The screenplay is based on the original story by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar
Wallace, which became the classic 1933 RKO Radio Pictures film, directed by
adventurers Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham,
Fran Walsh and Jackson are producing the film under their WingNut Films banner,
with Universal Pictures releasing King Kong worldwide on December 14, 2005.
Starring in the Universal Pictures release is a slate of some of
Hollywood’s most versatile and accomplished actors, including Academy Award®
nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams), Jack Black (School of Rock) and Academy Award®
winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist). Cast members include Andy Serkis (The Lord of
the Rings trilogy), Thomas Kretschmann (U-571), Colin Hanks (Orange County) and
Kyle Chandler (Angel’s Dance, television’s Early Edition).
Jackson brings his sweeping vision and employs the latest motion
picture technology to cinematically portray the timeless tale of the beast and
his beauty. He expands on the chapters of the tale that take place in the
mysterious and dangerous jungles of Skull Island, and his Kong promises to be a
unique and breathtaking creation.
As with his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson is currently
shooting King Kong on location in his native New Zealand. Visual effects are
accomplished by New Zealand-based companies Weta Digital and Weta Workshop,
recipients of multiple Academy Awards® for their collective work on The Lord of
the Rings trilogy. Visual effects and miniatures supplement practical locations
in creating primordial jungles and ’30s-period America. This film has not yet
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About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group:
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for
global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of
the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties.
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC
Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the
development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information
to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and
Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1
television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable
portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company,
significant television production operations, a leading television stations
group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General
Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
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