Today brings sad news for the many Anchorman fans out there. Remember how the cast and crew were mounting a charge to get a sequel ready for production by February 2011? While a noble effort, writer/director Adam McKay tweeted, “So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried.”
Paramount’s decision really surprsises me. Not only was the original’s $85 million domestic gross very profitable in its theatrical run, I can only imagine how much it has made on DVD. And that’s before stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Paul Rudd bloomed into the box office draws they are today. It appears that even with the pay cuts the actors were reportedly willing to take, the filmmakers and the studio could not agree on a budget. Oh, well; at least McKay is completely free to take on The Boys, a comic adaptation he’s rumored to be up for. Likewise, the new McKay/Ferrell comedy The Other Guys should satiate our desire for absurdism this August.