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King of Kong being remade, will be a mockumentary

07.11.2011

We all know that Hollywood is in the habit of remaking anything and everything, but this one took me a little off guard. And here I thought I was immune to such things.

You all remember THE KING OF KONG, the (sensationalized) documentary that pit Donkey Kong pro Steve Wiebe against video game god Billy Mitchell in a race to get the highest score possible for the game. It was an endearing little film, and a lot of fun, and so uh, what's happening with it now?

It's being remade as a dramatic mockumentary by the original man behind the film, Seth Gordon (who also just directed HORRIBLE BOSSES). As in, they will re-film the movie with actors instead of the actual people, and throw some more dramatic spice.

Why? Why would you do this? I don't understand.

"There’s a few different avenues [the film can take]. I’ve done some work on ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Office’ and have worked in this doc style, and so that inspired me to say, instead of doing a traditional narrative feature script, what if we did the remake in the doc style? What doors what that open? What opportunities? What additional story could we tell? And that’s essentially the approach we took."

So because Modern Family and The Office are good, that's why this is happening? I'm exceptionally confused, and this in no way seems like a good idea.

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12:21PM on 02/19/2014
King of Kong is awesome, but it doesn't matter how awesome it is if people who don't watch documentaries never see it, but would watch a mockumentary film about it.

there is nothing baffling about this. what is continuously baffling is why people who love the original versions of movies cannot separate the remake from the original source material and just go on with their lives. why does it bother you so much that someone else would watch a newer version of the story just because you
King of Kong is awesome, but it doesn't matter how awesome it is if people who don't watch documentaries never see it, but would watch a mockumentary film about it.

there is nothing baffling about this. what is continuously baffling is why people who love the original versions of movies cannot separate the remake from the original source material and just go on with their lives. why does it bother you so much that someone else would watch a newer version of the story just because you love the original?
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5:47PM on 07/11/2011
King Of Kong is a great/funny documentary.
But this idea has to be the worst idea for a remake. Maybe ever. I mean, remaking documentaries now? Is it gonna star Will Ferrell and Steve Carell? (Well maybe with those two I would go see it. But it's still stupid.)
King Of Kong is a great/funny documentary.
But this idea has to be the worst idea for a remake. Maybe ever. I mean, remaking documentaries now? Is it gonna star Will Ferrell and Steve Carell? (Well maybe with those two I would go see it. But it's still stupid.)
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5:18PM on 07/11/2011
King of Kong is fucking awesome, but does it have enough fans to even support a GREAT "remake" of it?
King of Kong is fucking awesome, but does it have enough fans to even support a GREAT "remake" of it?
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4:39PM on 07/11/2011

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I never see this film, but why would do such a thing. I'm smelling money maker.
I never see this film, but why would do such a thing. I'm smelling money maker.
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4:00PM on 07/11/2011

YES!

hopefully he adds a lot more comedy, I'm sorry to any nerds out there that related to this movie but the concept of it was a comedic goldmine and I actually wanted to see a 'based on true events' version rather than the actual thing, this could be great!!
hopefully he adds a lot more comedy, I'm sorry to any nerds out there that related to this movie but the concept of it was a comedic goldmine and I actually wanted to see a 'based on true events' version rather than the actual thing, this could be great!!
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1:15PM on 07/11/2011
Why would you want to take a dump on your own work?
Why would you want to take a dump on your own work?
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11:03AM on 07/11/2011
Le sigh.
Le sigh.
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10:59AM on 07/11/2011
The only good thing about this would be to see who gets cast for this. There are some kooky mofos in that doc (which is one of my favorites of all time), and there could be some great, inspired casting. Greg Kinnear for Steve Wiebe, perhaps?
The only good thing about this would be to see who gets cast for this. There are some kooky mofos in that doc (which is one of my favorites of all time), and there could be some great, inspired casting. Greg Kinnear for Steve Wiebe, perhaps?
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10:39AM on 07/11/2011
I remember hearing about this a while ago when the documentary came out. Back then, they were going to make a dramatic adaptation of it... but why make a "mockumentary?" It was already a documentary. That defeats the purpose entirely.

All that aside.

Jason Batmeman/Nathan Fillion for Steve Wiebe

Collin Farrel/Daniel Day-Lewis for Billy Mitchell.

Charlie Day/Charles Manson for Walter Day.

The entire time I was watching Horrible Bosses I was thinking how they can just re-use a
I remember hearing about this a while ago when the documentary came out. Back then, they were going to make a dramatic adaptation of it... but why make a "mockumentary?" It was already a documentary. That defeats the purpose entirely.

All that aside.

Jason Batmeman/Nathan Fillion for Steve Wiebe

Collin Farrel/Daniel Day-Lewis for Billy Mitchell.

Charlie Day/Charles Manson for Walter Day.

The entire time I was watching Horrible Bosses I was thinking how they can just re-use a lot of the cast for the King of Kong remake.
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10:29AM on 07/11/2011
I'm beginning to actually be scared. I'm neutral because I don't know what Gordon really has in mind (elsewhere they reported this item as a sequel). But I'm also beginning to see some long-term side-effects of Hollywood's rush to remake everything. Now when a director makes a legitimate hit, they move to do a remake or reworking, convinced that if they don't, someone else will. Like Hollywood's own lack of creativity is becoming contagious. If so, then things are worse than I thought.
I'm beginning to actually be scared. I'm neutral because I don't know what Gordon really has in mind (elsewhere they reported this item as a sequel). But I'm also beginning to see some long-term side-effects of Hollywood's rush to remake everything. Now when a director makes a legitimate hit, they move to do a remake or reworking, convinced that if they don't, someone else will. Like Hollywood's own lack of creativity is becoming contagious. If so, then things are worse than I thought.
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10:23AM on 07/11/2011
Maybe they can remake Bowling for Columbine but at the end have Charlton Heston run out of his house guns blazing and end up in an epic car chase to end all car chases.
Maybe they can remake Bowling for Columbine but at the end have Charlton Heston run out of his house guns blazing and end up in an epic car chase to end all car chases.
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10:11AM on 07/11/2011
Really? REALLY?

I like King of Kong, but this stupid.

Make something new.

I really don't like how so many shows are trying to mimic The Office, Parks and Rec, etc.
Really? REALLY?

I like King of Kong, but this stupid.

Make something new.

I really don't like how so many shows are trying to mimic The Office, Parks and Rec, etc.
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9:43AM on 07/11/2011

I don't know if this will be good

but when I first saw King of Kong, I thought that Ben Stiller was born to play Billy Mitchell.
but when I first saw King of Kong, I thought that Ben Stiller was born to play Billy Mitchell.
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