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King Kong: All that you must know about this American media property

by Ratan Srivastava
King Kong

King Kong is indeed an American media property based on the character developed by Merian C. Cooper at RKO Radio Pictures as well as presently owned by Warner Bros. Universal Pictures, with much more recent movies being licenced to Legendary Pictures for production and distribution by Warner Bros. Various studios, notably Toho, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, as well as Warner Bros., have owned Kong movies over the years. There are twelve monster movies inside the franchise, including seven Hollywood pictures, two Toho-produced Japanese kaiju movies, and three direct-to-video animated features. The first picture, King Kong, was directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack and released by Radio Pictures in 1933. It went on to become a cult classic. After the economic success of the 1952 re-release of King Kong and the success of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Toho was motivated to develop the first Godzilla.

King Kong’s fame would go on to inspire numerous monster movies all around the world. Because of the movie’s success, the franchise has expanded to include television, music, literature, as well as video games. It has remained a well-known feature of American cinema as well as is among the most recognisable emblems in American pop culture globally. King Kong has spawned a slew of sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, novels, comics, video games, theme park attractions, as well as a stage play, making him among of the most well-known cinematic characters inside the world. In various stories, he plays a variety of roles, from raging monster to sorrowful antihero.

Following the success of the first movie, Son of Kong, starring Little Kong, was released the following year. Toho released King Kong vs. Godzilla in the 1960s, which pitted a bigger Kong against Toho’s own Godzilla, as well as King Kong Escapes, which was based on Rankin/Bass Productions’ The King Kong Show as well as pitted Kong against Mechani-Kong and Gorosaurus. Dino De Laurentiis made a contemporary version of John Guillermin’s original movie in 1976.

A decade later, King Kong Lives was released, starring a Lady Kong. In 2005, filmmaker Peter Jackson created another remake of the original, this time set in 1933. Kong: Skull Island (2017) is a reboot set in 1973 and therefore is part of Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse, which started with Legendary’s reboot of Godzilla and continued with Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, in which Kong made multiple guest appearances, as well as a second crossover sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong, released in 2021, pitted the characters against each other once more.

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