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Kong Lives in Ubisoft's Peter Jackson's King Kong: the Official Game of the Movie; Video Game Creator and Three-Time Academy Award(R) Winner Create Exclusive Alternate Ending for Video Game.



SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden  -- Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, revealed that its critically acclaimed game of the year contender, Peter Jackson's King Kong King Kong

giant ape brought to New York as “eighth wonder of world.” [Am. Cinema: Payton, 367]

See : Giantism
: The Official Game of the Movie features an un-lockable, exclusive alternate ending in which players can save the giant ape from his cinematic death, pilot an airplane and discover Kong back home on his native Skull Island. The game, rated "T" for Teen, based on Universal Pictures' release, King Kong, from three-time Academy Award(R) winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), is positioned to be the top-selling title for the holiday season and is currently available nationwide.

"I wanted the game to be able to take the audience a bit further than what the film could," said Peter Jackson. "And the final climax of the game gave us an opportunity to do something that the film could not do, which was to have an alternate ending -- obviously everybody pretty much knows how King Kong ends."

"With the King Kong film opening this past weekend, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie features the ending millions would love to see -- King Kong alive and back on Skull Island," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. . "Michel Ancel Michel Ancel is a French game designer for Ubisoft known for creating Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil. Career
Ancel's first title, Mechanic Warriors, was developed for software house Lankhor.
 and Peter Jackson's collaboration was strong from the very beginning to the very end, so much so, they created an alternate ending where players will experience memorable moments beyond the film."

To unlock the alternate ending, players must complete the entire game and then go back and play through various maps and earn a total of 250,000 points -- which is within reason and definitely worth the effort. Other un-lockable features include several Weta Digital ''' Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand, an offshoot of the Weta Workshop physical effects company. Directors Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodgers and Jamie Selkirk, founded Weta Digital in 1993 to produce the digital special  concept art galleries, interviews with both Peter Jackson and Academy Award(R) winner and co-writer Phillipa Boyens, an "old movie" filter, a King Kong theatrical trailer and more.

The King Kong Collaboration:

Michel Ancel, creative director at Ubisoft -- regarded as one of the top innovative minds in the video game industry -- and his team at Ubisoft's Montpellier (France) studio worked with Peter Jackson and WingNut Films to capture the King Kong movie dynamics through a unique video game experience.

"It was an absolute pleasure working with Ubisoft on the video game," Peter Jackson said. "Being able to collaborate closely together from day one was of utmost importance, which is why we gave Ubisoft unlimited access to every creative aspect of our film production. We really wanted the game and the film to be part of the same universe."

"We were amazed by Peter Jackson's creativity and what he brought to the project," Michel Ancel said. "Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is a creation that closely follows the storyline of the movie, yet as video games See video game console.  have the innate ability to do, pushes the emotional tension of the film to even greater depths. Players will experience unprecedented dual gameplay within a movie-licensed game that alternates between Jack Driscoll in first-person and as King Kong in third-person. These contrasting perspectives will immerse players in a journey that features epic battles Epic Battles is a collectible card game by Score Entertainment released in September 2005. Gameplay attempts to emulate a traditional fighting game experience and features characters and attacks from several different franchises. , tough choices and a dynamic experience within the visually stunning environment of Skull Island."

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system ($49.99), Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft ($59.99), Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft ($49.99), Nintendo GameCube The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendo's fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. The system itself is the most compact and least expensive, next to the Dreamcast, of the sixth generation era consoles. (TM) system ($49.99), Windows(R) PC ($49.99), PSP (PlayStation Portable) See PlayStation. (TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system ($49.99) and Nintendo DS
“NDS” redirects here. For other uses, see NDS (disambiguation).
The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, which was released in 2004 in Canada, U.S., and Japan.
(TM) ($39.99). Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World(TM) (rated E10+) is available for the Game Boy(R) Advance system ($29.99).

For more information on Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, please visit the official Web site at www.kingkonggame.com.

For more information about Ubisoft, please visit www.ubi.com and www.ubisoftgroup.com.

(C) 2005 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Universal Studios' King Kong movie (C) Universal Studios. Kong The 8th Wonder of the World(TM) Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP LLLP Limited Liability Limited Partnership . All Rights Reserved. ACADEMY AWARD and OSCAR (Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime) AOL's internal project name for AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The core functions of OSCAR, known as the Basic OSCAR Services (BOS), include Login/Logoff, Locate (find out about other AIM users), Instant Message  are the trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo See Memory Stick. (TM) may be required (sold separately). TM, (R), Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. (C) 2004 Nintendo. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox Live See Xbox.  are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation (company) Microsoft Corporation - The biggest supplier of operating systems and other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products include MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Microsoft Access, LAN Manager, MS Client, SQL Server, Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail,  in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and/or other countries.

(C) 2005 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Universal Studios' King Kong movie (C) Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All Rights Reserved.

About King Kong

Triple Academy Award(R) winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) directs the dramatic adventure King Kong, bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate. Jackson assumes directing, producing and co-screenwriting duties and surrounds himself with a list of superlative filmmaking and acting talents.

Jackson re-teams with longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, co-writing the screenplay with three-time Oscar(R)-winning partner Walsh and their The Lord of the Rings co-writer, Academy Award(R) winner Boyens. Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh and Jackson produce the film under their WingNut Films banner.

Academy Award(R) nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams) portrays Ann Darrow, an actress from the world of vaudeville who finds herself out of a job in Depression-era New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
. Her luck changes when she meets Carl Denham, played by Jack Black (School of Rock). Denham is an entrepreneur, raconteur rac·on·teur  
n.
One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.



[French, from raconter, to relate, from Old French : re-, re- + aconter,
, adventurer and filmmaker who is struggling to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry. Bold, ebullient and charismatic, Denham has a natural sense of showmanship and an appetite for greatness, which ultimately leads to catastrophe. Academy Award(R) winner Adrien Brody Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor. He received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, the youngest actor ever to win the award.  (The Pianist) steps into the role of Jack Driscoll, a New York playwright, who becomes an unlikely hero in a romantic adventure story which will test his physical courage and his heart.

Andy Serkis (who performed the role of the CGI CGI
 in full Common Gateway Interface.

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 character Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) provided both on-set performance reference and motion capture performance for the title character of King Kong. Serkis also appears onscreen on·screen or on-screen  
adj. & adv.
1. As shown on a movie, television, or display screen.

2. Within public view; in public.
 playing Lumpy the Cook, in service aboard the tramp steamer S.S. Venture, bound for Skull Island, under the command of Captain Englehorn, played by Thomas Kretschmann (U-571). Colin Hanks (Orange County) portrays a production assistant to filmmaker Carl Denham and Kyle Chandler (television's Early Edition), taking on the role of Bruce Baxter, a 1930s movie star cast opposite Ann Darrow in the film Denham is shooting.

Visual effects are again accomplished by New Zealand-based companies Weta Digital, under the direction of Oscar(R) winner Joe Letteri and Weta Workshop, under the direction of Oscar(R) winner Richard Taylor. Visual effects will supplement practical locations in creating the primordial jungles of Skull Island, while digital effects recreate the bustling metropolis of 1933 Manhattan. James Newton Howard (Batman Begins) composes the original score for the film.

A Note to Parents: King Kong is rated PG-13. Please consult www.filmratings.com for further information.

About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group:

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC NBC
 in full National Broadcasting Co.

Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network.
 and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
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