Real-life Australian stray story was box office smash hit.
HONG KONG — A new movie is to be made as a follow-up to the surprise 2011 hit “Red Dog,” which charted the real events tale of a stray canine which hitched rides and walked around huge parts of the Australian outback, adopting people and uniting far-flung mining communities.
“Blue Dog” will reunite director Kriv Stenders, writer Daniel Taplitz and producer Nelson Woss. It is set to begin production in the West Australia region of Pilbara later this year.
“Blue Dog” will explore the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier and his ultimate rise from ordinary animal to Australian legend.
Finance for the production has been confirmed by federal funding body Screen Australia and West Australia state media support organization ScreenWest.
“I am pleased that once again people around the world will be able to share in the extraordinary life of Red Dog via the big screen,” said West Australia’s Culture and the Arts Minister, John Day.
“Blue Dog” will be produced by Woss Group Film Productions and distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films and Good Dog Enterprises.
“Red Dog” earned more than A$21 million (US$20 million) at the Australian box office, making it the ninth highest grossing Australian film of all time. It was named as best film at the 2012 AACTA Awards and is the highest selling Australian DVD of all time.
Woss has begun scouting for a new canine star and kicked off his search at the Dogs Refuge Home in Shenton Park, Perth where he found previous lead ‘Koko’. Woss adopted Koko as a family pet after making the feature. A statue to the now deceased animal has been erected at the Dogs Refuge Home.
Woss also envisages making “Yellow Dog,” a third chapter in his dog series, though he says it is neither a sequel, nor a reference to the pure breed variety.