King Kong to return to Universal Studios in 2010

LOS ANGELES: King Kong will be back, furry arms swinging, at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The studio says in a release Tuesday that a new 3-D attraction featuring the great ape will open in summer 2010 as part of its famed tour.

The tour's towering robotic King Kong was destroyed last June when a fire ripped through part of the studio's back lot.

Roofers using a blowtorch accidentally started the blaze, which also destroyed New York Street and other sets. Those are expected to reopen this summer.

Officials say the new King Kong attraction is based on Peter Jackson's 2005 film.

Guests will wear special glasses as they ride trams into a darkened soundstage. There, via 3-D digital projection, they will be transported to Skull Island, fending off giant bats and witnessing a brawl between King Kong and a dinosaur.