Lots of theme park goers will be spending the Fourth of July weekend at Universal Studios Hollywood to take part in what will no doubt be an historical afternoon as the biggest gorilla of them all takes up residence in his new stomping grounds.
Everyone’s favorite ape will star in King Kong 360 3D, a next-generation, interactive theme park experience designed by Peter Jackson, director of the award-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film on which the attraction is based.
“In the new attraction guests will be given special 3D glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the Studio Tour trams and will be transported – via the magic of Surround Digital 3D projection – deep into a tangled jungle location. They’ll survive a close encounter with a swarm of hungry raptors, only to be confronted by the terrifying presence of 35′ tall dinosaur behemoths, intent on attacking the tram and Studio Tour guests.
Suddenly a 25′ tall gorilla appears – Kong himself! The trams jolt and shudder as the guests find themselves caught in the middle of a titanic struggle between these colossal prehistoric foes – the great ape and carnivorous reptiles – action that sends the packed trams sliding ever closer to the edge of a bottomless chasm.”
Check out the final teaser video for the event, which features footage of Joe Letteri (2010 Oscar winner for Achievement in Visual Effects for Avatar), Senior VFX Supervisor, WETA Digital, talking about the project below.
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