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Jackson offers sneak peek at ‘Kong’

Aims to portray creature as 'absolutely believable'

BANGKOK — Peter Jackson took the wraps off some of the models and sketches he’s using for “King Kong” and spoke passionately about his motivation for remaking the classic Thursday at the CineAsia movie convention.

“It’s not a love story; it’s a story about love,” said the helmer, who is shooting pic at his studios in Wellington, New Zealand.

He aims to portray the 25-foot gorilla as an “absolutely believable creature” who bears the scars of many battles.

As for the romantic angle, Jackson said he will show King Kong as a brutal creature who for the first time in his life feels empathy for another creature (the character played by Naomi Watts).

Promising to use the full array of special effects created by his Weta digital workshop, he said, “We will play on the similarities between the jungle of the New York skyscrapers and the jungle where King Kong lives.”

The footage was introduced by Kurt Rieder, United Intl. Pictures VP for Asia, who said the company is 10 days away from racking up $2 billion in grosses internationally this year. He hailed studio (actually repping Paramount, Universal and DreamWorks) as the first to crack that sum overseas, although Fox Intl. came within a whisker of that milestone in 1997, fueled largely by “Titanic.”

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