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He was the biggest star in Hollywood. He scaled great heights. From his first appearance, he became a household name. His tragic death brought tears to audiences throughout the world. But his legacy lives on, and we at Benevolent Monster are throwing him a gigantic party. And you’re invited. From the creative team that brought you the award-winning documentary, BEAST WISHES...

LONG LIVE THE KING!

The enduring legacy of the mighty Kong.

Thanks for your interest in joining our new project. We are very excited about LONG LIVE THE KING, and are prepared to bring the same level of quality to this film as we did on BEAST WISHES.

We will take an artistic, humorous and ultimately entertaining look at the world’s most famous ape, exploring why the character’s appeal has endured for 80 years.

Among the celebrated experts, artists and filmmakers who have agreed to appear in the film are:

Oscar-winning makeup master Rick Baker. KING KONG (1976), MEN IN BLACK, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

Director Frank Darabont. SHAW SHANK REDEMPTION, THE MIST, THE GREEN MILE, THE WALKING DEAD

THE WALKING DEAD Exec Producer Greg Nicotero and KNB SPECIAL EFFECTS MASTER. CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, BREAKING BAD, DJANGO UNCHAINED, DAY OF THE DEAD

Film historian and noted "gorilla man" Bob Burns. And subject of our award winning documentary BEST WISHES. KING KONG (2005), DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, MAJOR MARS

Paleo-illustrator William Stout. DINASOUR, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, PAN'S LABYRINTH

Mike Hill with a couple of his amazing creations!
Mike Hill with a couple of his amazing creations!

Sculptors Mike Hill and Brent Armstrong.

Film Historian Scott Essman.

Oscar-winning Special FX master Tom Woodruff, Jr. ALIENS, THE THING, ZOOKEEPER

Comedian and producer Dana Gould. THE SIMPSONS, PARKS AND RECREATION, MOB CITY

BEING HUMAN actor Sam Witwer.

Author David J. Schow. THE CROW, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

David recently was a writer on MOB CITY.
David recently was a writer on MOB CITY.

Filmmaker and writer Don Glut. (TV SERIES)X-MEN, JOHNNY QUEST, THE TRANSFORMERS

and the star of 1949's MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, Terry Moore.

and many more!

We are in the process of seeking out directors Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro, and actor Charles Grodin. We have access to the last known interview with Fay Wray, recorded just shortly before her death. We have a commitment from John Morgan to use the wonderful 1933 King Kong score he recreated with William Stromberg several years ago.

We expect to add many more surprises to round out the film, making it as entertaining and enjoyable as our first film.

CREW

Our dream team is back! And we've added a few more extraordinary people to help us make this the best doc ever.

Production

Director of Photography: Mathew Renoir

Sound Engineer: John Bennett

Producer/camera: Frank Ippolito

2nd Camera: Jack Bennett

Post Production

Editor: Andrew Kasch

Post Sound: Justin Cruse

Composer: Player to be named later!

Thanks to some generous investors early on, we were able to get this project into production, and have already shot some really terrific footage of Kong events and some of our guest interviews. But we have a lot more to cover.

So this is where we ask you for your help in making our dream come true.

As a backer of this project, you will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes reports and video as we film each new segment!

That's just one of the great rewards available to backers of LONG LIVE THE KING. There are limited edition art prints that you will be able to choose from, rendered by great genre illustrators. Our official poster art is currently being rendered by the magnificent Jeff Preston, whose work has been mesmerizing fans of the fantastic for years.

Jeff Preston's CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF artwork!
Jeff Preston's CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF artwork!

We also some really cool Kong-related collectibles, soundtrack CDs, sculptures and more. We'll be posting more art choices as the campaign continues.

Here are photos of some of the rewards available:

Limited Edition Print #1
Limited Edition Print #1
Limited Edition Print #2
Limited Edition Print #2
Dietz Art Card Sample
Dietz Art Card Sample
The 7th Voyage Of Sketchy Things Book
The 7th Voyage Of Sketchy Things Book
Weta Jackson Kong Print Portfolio (inside)
Weta Jackson Kong Print Portfolio (inside)
Weta Jackson Kong Print Portfolio (outside)
Weta Jackson Kong Print Portfolio (outside)
McVey Cyclops Maquette (original casting)
McVey Cyclops Maquette (original casting)
Original Dietz Kong Altar Artwork
Original Dietz Kong Altar Artwork

This additional Kickstarter funding will enable us to utilize the same awesome crew we employed on BEAST WISHES, including our incredibly talented editor Andrew Kasch. In addition it will cover the normal costs of production and post-production, such as equipment, feeding our crew (VERY important!), locations, sound mixing and correction services, and of course, the distribution of rewards. Our goal amount is what we need to complete the picture and get it out there in world to enjoy. We can use more, which would go to insuring that we land a guest star like Peter Jackson, and perhaps bring the film to your city for film festivals and screenings.

This past year we lost one of the greatest fantasy filmmakers of all time, a man whose work was so inspirational to so many. As a boy, Ray Harryhausen was inspired by seeing the original KING KONG in 1933. And so it is only fitting that we dedicate LONG LIVE THE KING to his memory.

O'Brien and Harryhausen Walking The Pets
O'Brien and Harryhausen Walking The Pets

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes and watch the video above, which will give you a taste of the fun we intend to have with this project. The character of King Kong has been delighting audiences and inspiring creative minds for over 80 years. Our goal is to make this, as William Stout says, "the ultimate Kong experience!"

Please join us. Become a backer of LONG LIVE THE KING today, and become a part of "Team Kong!"

Thank you,

Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger - Producers/Directors.

The producers would like to thank the following people for their generous support of this project: Steve Iverson, Frank Winspur, John Ulakovic, Brian Kelly Jones, Scott Anderson, Scott Weitz and Taylor White.

Risks and challenges

This is Benevolent Monster's third production as a company. We consider ourselves a professional and productive team. Making movies is time consuming, and there are often hurdles and challenges to encounter. But we are experienced, and have the resources of many skilled individuals to call upon in the face of any adversity. We shall proceed, as always, with determination and honor, and in the end will deliver an awesome product.

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    CD of the complete 1933 film score by William Stromberg and John Morgan. PLUS: Everything listed above.

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    A DVD copy of the film, signed by the filmmakers. A 8 x 10 color lobby card from the film. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An 8 x 10 color poster of the film. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    An 11"x14" print of one of your choice of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    Available to our INTERNATIONAL pledgers! An 11"x14" print of one of your choice of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    A set of limited edition Frank Dietz art cards, featuring 12 of his most popular caricatures. A RARE copy of Dietz's last sketchbook, "The 7th Voyage Of Sketchy Things," (2006) which is now OUT OF PRINT. An 11"x14" print of one of your choice of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    A very limited edition print of the LONG LIVE THE KING Official poster, currently being created by award-winning illustrator JEFF PRESTON! There will only be a limited run of 50 prints, and they will be signed by the artist. An 11"x14" print of one of your choice of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    A beautiful 9" tall resin maquette based on "The Cyclops" from Ray Harryhausen's THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD. Sculpted by Tony McVey and painted by Rondo-winning artist Frank Dietz, and mounted on a finished wood base (see photo!). Plus An 11"x14" print of one of your choice of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    A rare portfolio of production art from Peter Jackson's 2005 KING KONG, featuring four color 16.5"x 12" prints SIGNED by Weta artists JERRY BENNETT and GUS HUNTER. The prints come in a portfolio printed to look like the briefcase of the movie character Carl Denham. A REALLY nice presentation! (see photos!) Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    The ORIGINAL pen-and-ink sketch of KING KONG at the Skull Island altar (see photo!), rendered by award-winning artist Frank Dietz. This is NOT a print, but the actual drawing, and will be signed personally by the artist. An 11"x14" print of one of your choice of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the finished film, including a listing on the LONG LIVE THE KING imdb page. A very limited edition print of the LONG LIVE THE KING Official poster, currently being created by award-winning illustrator JEFF PRESTON! There will only be a limited run of 50 prints, and they will be signed by the artist. TWO tickets to the west coast premiere of LONG LIVE THE KING (transportation not included), date and time to be determined. THREE 11"x14" prints of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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    An EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the OPENING credits of the finished film, including a listing on the LONG LIVE THE KING imdb page. A very limited edition print of the LONG LIVE THE KING Official poster, currently being created by award-winning illustrator JEFF PRESTON! There will only be a limited run of 50 prints, and they will be signed by the artist. FOUR tickets to the west coast premiere of LONG LIVE THE KING (transportation not included), date and time to be determined. Dinner for two with the filmmakers in Los Angeles (transportation not included). THREE 11"x14" prints of King Kong original artist prints. Exclusive backers-only report updates as we visit our guest stars and film their segments for the film! A special edition DVD copy of the film with bonus extras, signed by the filmmakers. An exclusive link to a digital copy of the film that you can download as soon as the film is finished. And our huge and sincere THANK YOU on FB and an end credit on the film.

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