Shawn Levy Offers Update on the Animated KING KONG Feature Film

20th Century Fox is currently pushing forward with a re-imagining of the long standing pop culture character is animated form. The latest news on the project reveals that it sill in the very early development stages.

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King Kong, last seen in the 2005 live-action/CGI hybrid film by director Jackson, will get a revamp of sorts with a new animated film. The story will be told from Kong's point of view, and Fox Animation (Ice Age, Rio) has tapped relative unknowns Christian Magalhaes & Bob Snow to develop the screenplay based off an already written story from Mike Weber.

Producer Shawn Levy recently offered a few words concerning the project, stating that it is still in the early stages of conceptualization:

“It’s an animated movie for Fox Animation and it’s a retelling of Kong as a family animated comedy… It’s in script stage; so no it’s not yet at the point where you’re doing those animation tests.

"It’s moving forward in that Fox Animation really likes it, I really like it, I think that when Fox Animation gets it right, almost always through Blue Sky, they get it really right. I’ve got a couple with them, and that’s the one that I think I’m the most bullish on.”

The iconic character started on film with the 1933 classic and had two remakes with a 1975 version starring Jeff Bridges and the Jackson version. Along with those, some lower budgeted sequels and knockoffs plus a showdown with Godzilla in 1963 have kept the ape steady but not busy over the years.

The 2005 film starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody grossed over $550 million at the box office, becoming the fourth-highest grossing movie in Universal Pictures history, and won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.