We recently wrote about the remake of the movie King Kong is historically accurate. Now a science historian says that the original film was inspired by an actual scientific expedition. Science historian Gregg Mitman says, “Elements of the 1933 Kong movie are based on the 1926 real-life expedition of William Douglas Burden, a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. Burden traveled to Indonesia to film and capture the Komodo dragon, which he thought was the closest living relative of dinosaurs. When Burden brought back two live Komodo specimens and housed them in captivity in the Bronx Zoo, they died. Meridan Cooper, producer of the 1933 film version of Kong, wrote at the time, ‘I immediately thought of doing the same thing with a giant gorilla.'”
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