One of the best documentaries on geek culture I’ve ever seen was the 2007 film King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. It’s about a battle of wills and skills between two men, each of whom are trying to claim the world’s highest score on the then-26-year-old arcade game Donkey Kong.
Ten years later, director Seth Gordon, who recently helmed the upcoming movie Baywatch, has told IGN that he has plans to turn the documentary into a musical.
It’s not a far-fetched idea, really. As Gordon said, "I think it lends itself to that -- there's such a melodrama …” It’s true. With the the never-say-die newcomer Steve Wiebe coming up against long-time champ, the villainous Billy Mitchell, there’s more tension than a barrel full of donkeys. Or is that monkeys?
Gordon also said that many of the 15-plus songs have already been drafted. One of them, “Museum of Your Heart,” was played in the original film, written and sung by Donkey Kong scorekeeper Walter Day.
Sadly, the musical is being planned for the stage, not the screen. Here’s hoping it’s as riveting an experience as the documentary. That way, it may eventually appear in a city near you.
Oh, and in case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer for The King of Kong. You're welcome.