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It's a 'King Kong'-George Lucas smackdown!

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1713__kk_lAs if Peter Jackson’s upcoming King Kong doesn’t look juicy enough, Josh Rottenberg’s feature in the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly (check PopWatch tomorrow night for a sneak peek of the cover) contains a little behind-the-scenes drama, too. Here’s my favorite excerpt from the story:

Skull Island, Kong’s jungly home, was created almost entirely in miniatures; there are twice as many miniatures shots in Kong as in all three Rings films combined. At one point during postproduction, [Star Wars director] George Lucas dropped by the set for a hush-hush visit. Alex Funke, supervising director of visual-effects photography, proudly showed off his miniatures department’s handiwork, which was meticulously crafted down to the tiniest piece of plastic jungle foliage. ”George said, ‘Of course, we could do all that digitally,”’ Funke says. ”We said, ‘Yes, of course you could. So?”’

Suh-nap! Okay, PopWatchers, are you awaiting King Kong with breathless anticipation? And (shameless plug alert) how ’bout EW’s Kong cover?

addCredit(“King Kong: Weta Digital Ltd.”)