We should have seen this coming. But we should not be ashamed for hoping that it was real. Those trailers for a Crocodile Dundee sequel starring Danny McBride, Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home, made us question whether what we were watching was real.
As it turns out, the trailers are likely ads for Australian tourism and not for a Crocodile Dundee sequel after all. Sorry folks. More on the story of how this all happened below.
Brisbane Times says this was all an elaborate scheme cooked up by the Australian Tourism Board. They cite the lack of an IMDb posting and sources close to the project to confirm that. But the thing that probably confirmed what we already knew is when Chris Hemsworth appeared in the second trailer. The actor is, in fact, the Tourism Australia ambassador. Also the two trailers, or should we call them ads, were directed by Steve Rogers, a notable commercial director behind ads for Nike, Old Spice, and Audi.
And it’s too bad. Or is it really? Yes, it would have been fun to see Danny McBride with his broken Australian accent, or lack thereof, alongside an authentically real Australian in the form of Hemsworth, on an adventure. But that won’t be the case. Maybe we will get to see a little bit more of that story in other ads. But honestly, this is something we should have known. The clues were right there, and we still wanted to believe that this was a movie.
But credit to everyone involved for getting us, hook, line, and sinker. Because if we are being honest with ourselves, we wanted to believe that this was for a real movie. I mean, we’ve seen Chris Hemsworth do comedy plenty of times. And McBride was being himself in both trailers.
However, before we put all those questions to bed. Screen Australia, whose logo can be seen on both trailers, has yet to confirm whether or not these trailers are for a film or for a tourism marketing campaign. So there is some hope that this could be a film. But again, all the clues tell us that this is nothing more than a well-designed marketing campaign made to look like it’s for a movie.
[Source: Brisbane Times]