The History Channel production of GIGANTO: THE REAL KING KONG, premieres on Thursday, December 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT when viewer interest is expected to be high due to the Dec. 14 premiere of director Peter Jackson's "King Kong" feature film.
Commissioned from distributor CABLEready and produced by Bosch Media and White Wolf Entertainment, GIGANTO: THE REAL KING KONG will use modern science and technology to probe the mystery of a giant ape named Giganto Pithecus, known to exist between 40,000 and 400,000 years ago - and determine if a present-day descendent still roams the earth. Tools used will include anthropology, forensic testing, body reconstruction and 3-D animation. Show highlights will include:
-- Recent scientific expeditions to China and the Cascade Mountains of the N.W. U.S. hope to shed new light on how Giganto lived, where it fell on the evolutionary tree and if Giganto could still live today
"You can already tell the new Peter Jackson movie is going to be some event, and GIGANTO will delve into the legend that is KING KONG," said Gary Lico, president and CEO of CABLEready. "There's some truth to the legend behind the movie, and what better place to separate the facts from the fiction than The History Channel."