Anchorman 2 Might Happen, It Just Needs a Studio Greenlight

April 27, 2010
Source: MTV


Ever since Anchorman came out in 2004, there have been rumors of a sequel. Our last update was back in 2008 and even back then it didn't seem like it would ever happen. However, after years of waiting, director Adam McKay told MTV that everyone is on-board (from Applegate to Carell to Rudd) for Anchorman 2 and now they're just waiting for a greenlight and money from Paramount before taking the next step. "It's a tricky movie because everyone went and did really well after it, so everyone's prices went up… But at the same time, graciously, Steve and Paul and everyone agreed to cut their price to come and do [the sequel]."

McKay goes on to say that ideally they're hoping to start shooting by February of 2011, but that's still a big "if", since they need to polish the script and get Paramount to agree to a bigger budget. "We had an idea and we contacted Steve and Paul and [David] Koechner and Christina [Applegate] and checked in with everyone and they were all game for it," he says. So what is the idea? Well, we'll just let McKay himself explain more:

"That's loosely what the idea is," McKay said. "[The '80s angle is] more the frame of it. 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."

That definitely does sound like it could be pretty crazy, but that's exactly what I love about the "first" movie. Anchorman is one of my all-time favorite comedies that I don't think any other comedy in recent years has even come close to matching. That movie also had its fair share of insanity, like when they had a giant studio battle and fought each other with medieval weapons. Who the hell puts that kind of stuff in their movie and can actually make it funny?! Anyway, this doesn't mean Anchorman 2 is happening yet, but it sounds like they're one step closer to pulling it off. Maybe if Paramount gets a sense that fans want a sequel, they'll be more willing to give it the go-ahead. So how many of you do want to actually see Anchorman 2?

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  • Voice of Reason
    Why the hell wouldnt this be greenlighted??!?!?
  • monal
    anchorman definitely got better on repeated viewings....not sure if will ferrell can even be considered funny anymoe
  • Xerxex
    I'd see it if it happens.
  • MoOgooGuypAN
    Anchorman is just one of the greatest comedies of all time. It's like Avatar without a sequel.
  • Angry Chief
    I guess I am with Xerxes on this. If it comes out, I'll see it. I'm not going to be going to opening night. I'll wait until it's the $2.50 College night at Cinemark.
  • Jacksion
    won't see it.
  • I hope it gets made but i'd probably wait for it to come out on dvd before i see it.
  • Peace Love & GaGa
    This indeed needs to happen. Anchorman is one of the funniest comedies of all time, and Ferrell is one of the greatest comedians of all time.
  • this is a sequel we need!
  • Dandooo
    I agree with monal, He's not funny anymore, but surely there's some hope for this?
  • DoomCanoe
    now heres a movie that needs a sequel. I will be there opening night, hell id donate money to see this get made the first was perfect PERFECT
  • tra la la la la di da
    Straight to DVD. These type of movies never do well as sequels. They lose shock value. Ferrell sucks really, because he's done the samething over and over and over and over and over. I'm bored now. It's funny because people that didn't see Anchorman but saw Talladega Nights or Blades of Glory first (as a Will Ferrell movie) hate Anchorman. People that saw Anchorman start to hate him in later movies. It's 'cause he's old, typecasted. In small random increments he's great like Wedding Crashers but overall he's not original. That's why he was great on SNL. They're bits, not full long films. I like him in his other films like Stranger than Fiction and Elf where he wasn't full on Ferrell. It's like what Downey said, "Never go full retard." I'd wish he'd do more acting and less slapstick BS.
  • Sticky Sweet
    So nobody thought Will wasnt funny in Step Brothers? The Other Guys looks funny. Straight to video, Youre outta your mind.
  • Shelby Hemstock
    You guys are dumb. I'd give my left nut to see this happen.
  • KING
    he is typecasted and does the same stuff over and over again. he's funny at times at some moments in the movies. but some are jus dumb. like blades of glory. i liked anchorman. classic funny. but if the movie is not solely on him, cuz the others in the cast have gone out to bigger movies and funny movies like steve for example. but id see it, but wait to dvd tho.
  • Lahirry
    So there is no mention to Ferrell in the article...does that mean he's going to be part of it? Either way, I'm excited. The fact that the cast is willing to take a cut in pay to do a sequel makes it worthwhile to me. Show how much they enjoyed doing the first one.
  • ryderup
    Steve Carrel will make this watchable! And Paul Rudd.
  • David Banner
    Theatrical Performance Total US Gross $84,136,909 International Gross $5,229,445 Worldwide Gross $89,366,354 Production Budget $25,000,000 Prints and Advertising Budget $40,000,000 DVD rentals/sales worldwide: unknown. Everyone I know that has seen it either owns the DVD or has rented it. So I'm guessing its a rather large hit on DVD, only based on the 20ppl I have talked to about this flick :) Anyone know the sales/rental no# ??
  • If they’d done the sequel just a couple of years after the movie then maybe I would be looking forward to it, but I’ve either grown tired of Ferrell or grown out of this style of comedy, which may be the case with others as well.
  • DoomCanoe
    all you people are tired of Will Ferrell i get that but no one can grow tired of Ron Burgundy!
  • negropolitan
    I agree with Peace Love & GaGa....... i really hope the sequel happens. Will Ferrell, okay his latest movies have been a bit naff, but he is a comic legend........ He is hilarious..... PLEASE MAKE THIS!!!!
  • Cmurder
    I love lamp
  • "Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you're doing and listen. Cannnnnnonnnnball!" Lahirry #16 - I don't McKay mentions Will Ferrell because Ferrell is the co-writer and it's just a given that he's in it. You can't have an Anchorman sequel with out Ron Burgundy.
  • I don't think McKay mentions typo




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