Back in 1962 Toho managed to revive their Godzilla film series by pitting the big G against King Kong. Toho had licensed the character from RKO and after the success of King Kong vs. Godzilla Toho wanted to make another King Kong film.
Arthur Rankin Jr. came onto the project as co-producer. The first script was rejected because it wasn’t close enough to Rankin’s King Kong cartoon that he was producing in the States. The rejected script was turned into the Godzilla film Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster by skillfully crossing King Kong’s name out and substituting Godzilla’s name into the script. It’s the only Godzilla movie where lightning revives him and he suddenly develops an “interest” in the only female member of the cast. Toho and Rankin finally agreed on a script and made King Kong Escapes in 1967.
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