Two trailers for an alleged reboot of classic Australian film Crocodile Dundee have been online this week, but there are doubts as to whether or not the film is legitimate.
Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home, supposedly stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth alongside American actor Danny McBride, who plays the US-born offspring of Paul Hogan’s iconic character.
According to the film’s official website,”Crocodile Dundee is back. Well, actually, he’s missing in the Outback”.
Apparently the only person who might be able to find him is Brian Dundee, the “loud-mouthed American son no one knew he had”, played by McBride.
Hemsworth plays Wally Jr, an outback guide and local expert who will accompany Brian on his adventure.
In one trailer, McBride keeps his American accent to deliver the much-imitated “that’s not a knife” line.
But many fans of the original are crying foul for a number of reasons.
“We have to admit that we’re stumped,” wrote AV Club, “is Danny McBride actually starring in a bizarrely conceived, 30-years-later sequel to Crocodile Dundee, or is this some sort of elaborate joke?”
"A trailer has arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, advertising a new Crocodile Dundee sequel featuring Danny McBride as the son of the famous outback hunter. Is this real? Is this a joke? I really don’t know. The world doesn’t make any sense anymore." https://t.co/qEuNSrLwdB
— Luke Buckmaster (@lukebuckmaster) January 20, 2018
No. I refuse to accept a Crocodile Dundee reboot. And with an American lead, too.
— Barbecued Brickfilm Productions (@barbecuebrick99) January 20, 2018
For starters, re-casting the lead character in a Crocodile Dundee movie as an American would be controversial to say the least – not to mention re-casting him as an actor without a huge profile internationally.
Secondly, all the “behind-the-scenes” photos featured on the website appear to only be from a single scene, the same scene featured in the trailers.
Some are suggesting the trailers are a clever marketing ploy for an unknown company, especially with the Super Bowl – otherwise known as the Olympics of advertising – fast approaching on February 4.
In a statement to The New Daily, the film’s producers confirmed Screen Australia is a supporter of the film and Hogan will appear.
“Per the trailer, the release date is Summer 2018. We can’t tell you anymore than that at this time. More information will be released shortly,” the statement said.
Hogan, now 78, also did an interview with People magazine about the so-called sequel, claiming he’d been thinking about another instalment.
“Crocodile Dundee is a film that has stood the test of time,” Hogan said.
“It was a defining moment in my life and one of my proudest accomplishments. Throughout the past few years, I’ve been thinking about how to bring Dundee to a new generation. I’m excited to introduce the new Crocodile Dundee to the world and look forward to sharing more news about those involved very soon.”
Another clue that this may in fact be the real deal?
Miley Cyrus, who is engaged to Chris Hemsworth’s brother Liam, was recently photographed on the Gold Coast wearing a Crocodile Dundee top.