Actual Documentary 'King of Kong' Will Be a Mockumentary Now

July 11, 2011

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A mockumentary remake of a documentary? Why, that's just backwards enough an idea that we should probably do it! And so we shall, with director Seth Gordon just revealing New Line's plans to remake his popular 2007 actual documentary, King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, into a fake documentary. Because that makes sense. The studio have owned remake rights for several years, but this is the first news of the new shape the project has taken--a direction apparently inspired by Gordon's work in television. The director told The Playlist:

"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."

Finally, a film to inhabit the nebulous intersection of Christopher Guest films, Michael Haneke's Funny Games remake, and a Dateline NBC dramatization.

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