Dr Mumbo

The Crocodile Dundee movie that never was

Dr Mumbo has so many great ideas, it’s frequently hard for him to remember them. And, it seems, Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen are the same.

This week – as the industry collectively decided a trailer for a new Crocodile Dundee movie was in fact definitely a tourism push for Australia during the Super Bowl – the duo revealed in their TOFOP podcast that they, along with friend Justin Hamilton, thought of re-inventing the film a few years back. Complete with Chris Hemsworth and everything.

On the podcast, they reflected that not only did they riff about the idea on their podcast back in 2014, but artist James Fosdike even mocked up a movie poster at the time.

“I believed in it so much I wrote a three-page outline that I shared with people, when we struck up this idea I was so struck by it,” said Clausen. “Anyone I met I would tell about it and when we discussions about it, like we talked about how we’d approach Paul Hogan, it seemed such a no-brainer.

“We had one person we thought would be ideal for this role, which is Chris Hemsworth. If you’re going to do an action version of Crocodile Dundee with the biggest actor in the right age group there’s no other choice.”

The film was to be “a kind of Pineapple Express” joked Anderson – mingling Crocodile Dundee with the drug-fuelled 2008 Seth Rogen film which saw marijuana dealers on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer.

“There’s nothing in my world or mind that they stole this idea,” Anderson clarified. “We were thinking of an Aussie Thor.”

Dr Mumbo suspects had Wil and Charlie been unleashed on the project, it may have taken the current mystery into a certifiably darker place – but for now Dr Mumbo is off to imagine re-imagining other Aussie classics. Surely it’s time for The Castle 2.0?


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