Kong escapes and climbs the Empire State Building (the original World Trade Center in the 1976 remake), only to fall from the skyscraper.Denham comments, "It was beauty that killed the beast," for he climbs the building in the first place only in an attempt to protect Ann Darrow, an actress originally offered up to Kong on Skull Island as a sacrifice.(In the 1976 remake, her character is named Dwan.) A mockumentary about Skull Island that appears on the DVD for the 2005 remake (originally seen on the Sci-Fi Channel at the time of its theatrical release) gives Kong's scientific name as Megaprimatus kong and states that his species may be related to Gigantopithecus, though that genus of giant ape is more closely related to orangutans than to gorillas.
The book (written in 1861), chronicled the adventures of Paul Du Chaillu in Africa and his various encounters with the natives and wildlife there.
It was these stories that planted the seed of adventure in young Merian's mind.
Decades later in his adult years, Cooper got involved in the motion picture industry.
While filming The Four Feathers in Africa, he came into contact with a family of baboons.
His role in the different narratives varies, ranging from a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero.
The character has become one of the world's most famous movie icons, having inspired countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a stage play.
The film was remade in 1976 and once again in 2005.
The character first appeared in the 1933 film King Kong, which received universal acclaim upon its initial release and re-releases.
King Kong is a giant movie monster, resembling a colossal ape, that has appeared in various media since 1933.