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.
When 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.”