One of the most popular questions at any documentary screening Q&A is "where are they now?" Unlike fiction, the stories told in non-fiction films keep on going and often warrant sequels or at least regular updates. Few doc narratives, though, are as continually revisited by fans as that of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Whether it's because the topic is video games or because the rivalrous characters are so intensely portrayed in a good vs. evil fashion, audiences are always going to be fascinated with the furthering saga of the Donkey Kong record.

Earlier this year, we learned that a new hero, Dr. Hank Chien, had become the new high scorer in the game, defeating post-King of Kong return victor Billy Mitchell, the villainous restaurateur of the documentary. Now, ever the evil emperor striking back, Mitchell has retaken the crown. The record-breaking score of 1,062,800 was achieved last Saturday at a Florida arcade and confirmed by Twin Galaxies officials. It just barely topped Chien's score of 1,061,700 because Mitchell stopped playing once he'd regained his title as the King of Kong. He clarified: "Some say I'm being cocky. Some say I'm being lazy. I say, I'm being Billy Mitchell."
So where is the doc's protagonist, Steve Wiebe, now? Well, earlier this year he became the top-scorer on Donkey Kong, Jr., but Mitchell also took back that title over this past weekend. He continues to play that and the regular Donkey Kong, though, with an eye on at least the Jr. crown. Meanwhile, both he and Mitchell were inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame last week (Wiebe was listed as the Jr. champ, which he held onto for only a few more days).

As for director Seth Gordon, who has been attached to helm a dramatic remake of his own documentary (would it follow the story beyond the original film?), which was being adapted by Scott Pilgrim vs. the World screenwriter, he has returned to non-fiction as a producer and director of segments of Freakonomics, which hits VOD in a couple weeks before opening theatrically in October. Whether he'll ever do that remake or otherwise revisit The King of Kong for an ultimate update (how high can those arcade game scores go, anyway?) is for now unknown.

[via Matt Singer's Twitter]
categories Cinematical