'King Kong' theme park to reopen in the US
Bosses at Universal Studios have decided to rebuild the "King Kong" theme park that was destroyed in a 2008 fire, which briefly closed the tourist attraction.world Updated: May 21, 2009 22:06 IST
Bosses at Universal Studios have decided to rebuild the "King Kong" theme park that was destroyed in a 2008 fire, which briefly closed the tourist attraction.
The blaze claimed a handful of sets familiar to visitors, with the New York street scene, housed in a hangar, being the most famous victim of the fire, which was sparked by company employees using blowtorches to apply roof shingles, reports contactmusic.com.
The studio tour was briefly closed but has since been reconfigured to avoid the worst hit fire damaged areas and now Universal bosses plan to rebuild the "King Kong" set ready for a grand re-opening next summer, as part of a digitally upgraded tour.
"'King Kong' has been an integral part of the studio tour for years. We are happy to be able to bring him back. No one can destroy the great ape," said Universal Studios publicist Audrey Eig.
The set originally opened in 1986 and has become one of the theme park's most famous attractions. The new-look "King Kong" set will be based on that of the 2005 film, which starred Jack Black and Naomi Watts.