'King of Kong' Movie Might Be a Sequel? Nathan Fillion vs Johnny Depp?

It\'s funny when everything links together. Yesterday I read an announcement at the official Twin Galaxies site about the continuing rivalry between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, the two subjects of the documentary The King of Kong.

I won\'t disclose the ending of the film so as to not ruin it for those of you who still haven\'t seen the doc (WTF are you waiting for anyway?), but do know that the film\'s ...

It\'s funny when everything links together. Yesterday I read an announcement at the official Twin Galaxies site about the continuing rivalry between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, the two subjects of the documentary The King of Kong.

I won\'t disclose the ending of the film so as to not ruin it for those of you who still haven\'t seen the doc (WTF are you waiting for anyway?), but do know that the film\'s ending is not the end of the rivalry. Mitchell and Wiebe are still trying to top one another (probably til the day they die), and now the stakes are raised because of the doc that makes Mitchell look like the bad guy. From what I\'ve been hearing, Mitchell\'s camp is trying to discredit the film as propaganda.

I was thinking of posting it and proposing the idea of a sequel documentary to chronicle their further contests and how the exposure had changed their lives and/or rivalry, but now it seems that that is the plan with the upcoming narrative remake, which was commissioned even before the documentary opened, due to its incredibly positive reception at film festivals.

In an interview with AICN, Steve Wiebe himself disclosed how director Seth Gordon already thought of the idea of a follow-up.

"I heard the director was talking about the remake being a sequel to the original documentary, so it would be different and fresh," Wiebe said. "So there’s definitely room for a sequel and Seth Gordon was toying around with the idea of the remake being a sequel showing the documentary as part of the remake, like how the documentary has stirred up even a higher level of controversy and all the games being played at the bigger levels."

This idea definitely sounds more appealing, especially since the documentary is already funny, commercially attractive, and poses a strong story that can easily gain mass appeal. A narrative remake would just be redundant, and possibly not as funny or endearing. But if it\'s a different story altogether telling the aftermath, then that is definitely something worth seeing, even to fans of the doc.

As for casting the two players, the names being tossed around right now is Johnny Depp as the evil Billy Mitchell and Greg Kinnear or Nathan Fillion as the wholesome Steve Wiebe.

"[Fillion would] be a good choice," said Wiebe. "Some people say we resemble each other."

Aug
27
2007

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