Production On ANCHORMAN 2 Could Start in February 2011

     April 27, 2010

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Let’s face it: everyone in the world wants Anchorman 2 to happen.  The ravenous fans want it. Writer/director Adam McKay wants it.  Hell, the entire cast wants it.  So why hasn’t it happened yet/isn’t happening now?  In truth, everyone involved with the original is just too darn expensive today.  But don’t despair yet, Burgundy enthusiasts.  For the first time in six years, there seems to be a real hope the sequel will get off the ground.

McKay told MTV that if Paramount greenlights the project soon, production could begin as early as February 2011.  He acknowledges that this timetable is a bit of a long shot, but fans of the original should see this as a real reason to feel optimistic about an Anchorman sequel.  More on the details and why exactly Paramount has cold feet after the jump.

anchorman_the_legend_of_ron_burgundy_movie_image_will_ferrell__6_.jpgWhen Anchorman came out in 2004, Will Ferrell was easily the biggest name in the picture, with Christina Applegate coming in at close second.  Today, the hands-down star is in the process of being eclipsed by his supporting cast–Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, and even David Koechner have made quite a name for themselves in the last six years.  And despite the fact that both Rudd and Carrell have already agreed to drop their fee substantially for the sequel, Paramount has yet to strike a deal because they can’t decide on a budget for the project.

Now please recognize that what’s going on with Anchorman 2 is a bit of an anomaly.  There are plenty of instances when producers want to go ahead with a project, but it gets killed by the difficulty of pulling a cast together (see: Arrested Development), but only very rarely does the opposite occur.  I mean, Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell are household names today, and even they are willing to take a hit in the pocketbook to make this sequel happen.  I’m just plainly stunned that the studio’d miss out on an opportunity to capitalize on what they know to be a hot property when they themselves are the only thing standing in the way.

McKay concluded by saying the sequel would also be set in the 80′s, but the era would just be a framework to work from…

“We have this other, bigger, crazier idea that’s really more what it’s about, which I can’t say. Our thinking was there’s just no way the second one is going to be as good as the first, because the first one is the first one. So our idea is if we’re going to do a second one, we better go for it and try some insane stuff and we’ll be enjoying it and that way it can’t be half bad.”



  • MCP

    “Let’s face it: everyone in the world wants Anchorman 2 to happen.”

    Count me on the No list, but I guess the morons and 12 year old's will enjoy it.

    End of Line

  • monsieurlebeaux

    Okay, everyone in the world except this one buzz-killing elitist douchebag who goes by the moniker MCP. That sound better?

  • TuchmanMarsh

    People who don't like Anchorman don't enjoy life.

  • SanityPrevails

    And the exact same thing can be said about people who do like Anchorman: They really don't enjoy life.

    It goes both ways tuchmanmarsh.

  • MCP

    Or, just fucktards like yourself who also enjoy bathing in peanut butter while getting screwed by their sister.
    Damn Frogs.

    End of Line

  • monsieurlebeaux

    End of pretentious faggotry is more like it.

  • chad122

    Tuchmanmarsh, which of course in German means a whale's vagina.

  • Mike

    I'm amazed by the Anchorman bashing. Anchorman is the best comedy ever, or if not the best it's way up there on the list. Not because it has some complex comedic story, it doesn't. Not because I'm one of those people who for some weird reason thinks Will Ferrel can do no wrong, he most definitely can. But because EVERY single line in the entire movie is fucking hilarious. The casts' delivery is just endlessly perfect. And it is the single most quotable movie ever made.

  • Mike

    Is this a thing against sequels or the original film? Sequels I would get.

    Because I know some incredibly intelligent people who adore Anchorman. I'm probably a less than brilliant person who does. Maybe even a moron as, in all likelihood, any of us who post in comment sections of the internet are. But Anchorman is a genuinely funny film with a wonderful cast and a great period vibe.

  • Mike

    Doesn't it mean St. Diego?

  • Lt. Ripley

    No, the single most quotable movie ever made is Tombstone.

  • dannyboy3030

    I loved Anchorman but, haven't all of Will Ferrell's performances since then been derivatives of Ron Burgundy? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • dannyboy3030

    I loved Anchorman but, haven't all of Will Ferrell's performances since then been derivatives of Ron Burgundy? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • mr big balls