Company will produce in cooperation with estate
Melbourne production company Global Creatures, which hatched the hit arena show “Walking With Dinosaurs,” will next produce “King Kong” in cooperation with the estate of “Kong” creator Merian C. Cooper.Global’s chief exec, Carmen Pavlovic, is coy about dates, key creatives and where “Kong” will preem, but said plans for a proscenium arch production using the company’s animatronic capabilities are under way. “Dinosaurs,” created by William May from an idea by Bruce MacTaggart and licensed by the Aussies from the acclaimed BBC TV series of the same name, has grossed in excess of $111 million from 600 playdates since it preemed in Sydney in January 2007. A second production, featuring a further $14 million in animatronic prehistorics, will open July 1 in Glasgow and tour Europe and Asia. The first production, which has toured the U.S. since July 2007, is about to open in Mexico City and is booked at least through the end of 2010, making it one of the most significant Australian cultural exports ever. As part of company restructuring over the past year, Global Creatures has spun off a separate Creature Technology Co., which opens its doors for external business this month.