Back in the 1980s Australia suddenly became cool. Previously a far away, little considered place of dodgy mullets and deadly wildlife, it suddenly went loud.
Australian music acts appeared in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Australian soap operas found unexpectedly eager overseas markets and suddenly Mel Gibson found himself challenged in his role as Australia’s most famous export.
That challenger was Paul Hogan and the vehicle was a smash hit that came out of nowhere, Crocodile Dundee. The action comedy featured outback legend Mick Dundee adjusting to a visit to New York. Hogan wrote it himself and it was released in 1986. He won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay.
Crocodile Dundee II largely replicated that success shortly afterwards. Then, more than a decade after that Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles was a critical and financial disaster.
Back in 2018 the internet got very excited that another Dundee adventure was on the way, this time starring Danny McBride as Dundee’s son seeking out his father Down Under. That turned out to just be an advertisement for the Australian tourist board.
Now he really is back… sort of! It’s a bit meta. It’s called The Very Excellent Mr Dundee.
Hogan is playing a fictionalised version of himself in the movie, directed by long time collaborator Dean Murphy. As per the studio blurb:
“Paul Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted.”
Hogan is joined by other stars, who are also playing fictional versions of themselves; Grease legend Olivia Newton-John is Olivia, Chevy Chase as Chevy, John Cleese as John and Jurassic Park’s Wayne Knight as Wayne.
Other stars appear as ‘themselves’, including comedian Jim Jeffries and the Hemsworth brothers. No word yet on Linda Kozlowski returning however that does seem a perfect excuse to remind ourselves of her epic scene in the original movie.
Think Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD and you will be on the right track potentially for tone and approach.
Release date is currently TBC and a trailer is expected shortly.