The local film industry and Australia at large stood aghast as Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home, the hotly-anticipated continuation of Paul Hogan’s revered Crocodile Dundee, was revealed to be nothing more than an advertising campaign for Tourism Australia.
The revelation came as the latest trailer aired during the Super Bowl, and stars Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth revealed that this was not, in fact, a movie, but a showcase of our nation’s picturesque holiday spots and attractions.
This ended weeks of speculation as a series of increasingly improbable ads for the mooted movie, featuring the likes of Margot Robbie, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, Jessica Mauboy, Luke Bracey, and, Russell Crowe, with Original Recipe Mick Dundee fronting up for the final trailer.
Still, the feelings of betrayal will not soon be forgotten.
“I cannot believe that this thing isn’t real, even though all Screen Australia feature investments are on record well ahead of time and the odds of something of this scale slipping by are absolutely zero,” said one highly placed media pundit.
“It’s almost as though we all decided to play along with the gag, rather than spoiling the fun,” he added.
Still, if you’re still keen on seeing this thing become a reality, thanks to The NT News there’s a petition going to try and convince the powers that be to turn Dundee into an honest-to-Hoges feature film, because this is the internet. Live that dream, Australia, live that dream.