Here’s a news item that I can’t quite wrap my head around. The King of Kong is a top-notch documentary about (primarily) two men dueling for the all-time high score in the coin-op arcade game Donkey Kong. The players fit into “hero” and “villain” roles so perfectly, you would be forgiven for thinking it’s all scripted. It isn’t, though, which is a big part of the charm.
Now it seems that Seth Gordon, the doc’s director, is interested in taking that story and giving it a mockumentary treatment. Now this isn’t the worst idea the filmmaker is associated with — he’s also directing a WarGames reboot — but it is more than a little bizarre.
Here’s Gordon trying to justify the pitch, in an interview with The Playlist: “There’s a few different avenues [the film can take]. 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? What doors what that open? What opportunities? What additional story could we tell? And that’s essentially the approach we took.”
I’m all for a mockumentary, but why cast it as a remake of an actual documentary? Why not just do a video game-oriented mockumentary “from the director of The King of Kong“? Anyone see the logic here?
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