Adam McKay Says the Fan Outcry Might Revive 'Anchorman 2'
Many were sad and angered to hear that Paramount had officially passed on greenlighting a sequel to the surprise comedy hit Anchorman. And once it became clear that budget concerns were stopping the project from getting off the ground, fan outcry just couldn't believe Paramount didn't want to spend the money on a sequel to a very successful comedy where the cast are now much bigger audience-drawing talents then they were when the original opened. Well it looks like the whining may have helped as director Adam McKay told Collider that fans clamoring for the sequel all over the interwebs absolutely have "made a difference."
Though the film hasn't pulled a complete 180 to go into full-fledged production, apparently the higher-ups have heard the masses calling for a sequel, and it may not be as dead as originally thought. McKay explained:
"[Fan outcry] made a difference. Paramount heard it. Adam Goodman, the President of Paramount, was on the first one so he loves it and when that outcry came, he was kind of excited because he knew it could maybe push it towards happening. That having been said, I'm clearly going into it like another movie so if it does happen it's still two years away or a ways away. And I haven't talked to anyone. There's nothing happening right now but it helped, it helped."
Well it's not as exciting as the film actually being made, but it's always good to hear when a studio realizes the error of its ways when fans so loudly proclaim their love and desire for a project. I know that I would love to see Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner return as the Channel 4 News Team, but McKay is already looking at getting started on The Boys after he finishing up a little more foreign press and a much needed break after promoting The Other Guys. Of course, we'll let you know if we hear anything else new about Anchorman 2. Just for good measure, let us know how badly you want this sequel!