The high score battle between Donkey Kong pros Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell was immortalised in 2007’s The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. And for the past four years, there’s been talk of that movie being remade, further fictionalised in a film adaptation of a film.
But now it appears that the planned redo of The King of Kong may be a less traditional Hollywood comedy and more of a mockumentary, a la The Office and This Is Spinal Tap. Seth Gordon, director of The King of Kong, Horrible Bosses and the upcoming WarGames remake, tells The Playlist the new version of that video game movie is “quite real” and recently the subject of a new script.
“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?” Gordon tells The Playlist. “What doors what that open? What opportunities? What additional story could we tell? And that’s essentially the approach we took.”
Which kind of makes the remake seem a bit more pointless, maybe? Or maybe not, since audiences may shine more broadly to actors more telegenic than Mitchell and Wiebe working from a script.