It’s a little unusual to put an exclamation mark at the end of a film title, but in the case of the just announced (June 12) Crocodile Dundee spinoff we think it’s justified.
To be clear, The Very Excellent Dundee! is not a straightforward sequel to the original 1980s action-comedy franchise. Paul Hogan will in fact play himself in the upcoming film, in which he’s about to be knighted for his work in comedy, having starred in 1986’s crowd-pleaser Crocodile Dundee, its 1988 sequel, Crocodile Dundee II, and the 2001 follow-up, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
This isn’t the first time we’ve got our hopes up about another installment. Last year, we were led to believe Hogan would star in the film Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns, opposite Danny McBride as his son. But, it turned out to be an Australian tourism promotion. While the on-screen get together didn’t result in a feature, it got people talking about the possible return of Dundee:
And now, here we are. Dean Murphy is set to direct The Very Excellent Dundee!, having already worked with Hogan on several other films, including I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph (2004), Charlie & Boots (2009), and this year’s That’s Not My Dog!
Oh, look at that! Another exclamation mark… it seems Murphy is a fan of shouty punctuation in film titles.
With a director on board, we can trust we’ll get an actual film this time, and it’s not some sort of cute gimmick. According to Empire, filming will begin next month in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
There’s no word yet on who else will star in the film, but Hogan has teased us with the following statement: “Watch this space as I’ve been honored to have many of my friends and colleagues, whose work I adore, agree to join us for this hilarious new adventure.”
We’d like to see more of Crocodile Dundee. How about you?