Paramount Officially Passes on McKay's Anchorman Sequel!

April 29, 2010
Source: Twitter


A couple of days ago we got word that the long talked about sequel to the raucous comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was suddenly in the cards for director Adam McKay and its stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate. All that was needed was a studio greenlight from Paramount, but today, any dreams of a sequel for Ron Burgundy were destroyed as McKay tweeted out: "So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried." He definitely sounds bummed, and it doesn't seem like they're going to give it another try.

While Anchorman isn't exactly one of those movies that needs a sequel (there aren't many comedies that do) it would've been nice to see the cast return for some more laughs with each of their outlandish characters. Honestly, I can't understand why Paramount doesn't want to make this. The original earned $85 million on a budget of around $26 million, and with all the love for Ron Burgundy that was proclaimed by various high school students quoting the movie endlessly, it seems like the sequel would be an easy decision. Maybe the budget is too big this time or maybe Paramount just doesn't get it? Either way, it looks like Anchorman 2 is officially dead, as they're busy spending money on the Magic 8 Ball movie instead. Stay classy, Paramount!

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments


So why when there is a sequel that people actually WANT and was SUCCESSFUL they DONT greenlight it????

Ryan on Apr 29, 2010


I guess they think a magic 8 ball movie is a better idea.

germs on Apr 29, 2010


And nothing of value was lost.

Angry Chief on Apr 29, 2010


Wait, what?! Paramount you suck, may a bear literally rip your faces off!

El on Apr 29, 2010


I feel 2-sided on this. It sucks that Paramount made the decision to not go forth with the sequel, BUT--at the same time, I think that the first Anchorman was too classic and rare to top. Maybe this is a good thing, but what do I know?..

Big Boss on Apr 29, 2010


They'll change their minds on this next week.

People's Champ on Apr 29, 2010


it seems that unless a movie makes more than x amount no matter the cost its not worth the time cause people in those kinds of jobs are greedy and 86 million compared to other movies is not a lot. but thank you america home of the greedy and land of the worse sequals

yupyup on Apr 29, 2010


so...magic 8-ball movie that has absolutely no buzz or hype or any associated feelings gets greenlit, yet one of the cult classics of the last few years basically gets shoved to the side? and people wonder why these movie studios are going under with dumbass decisions like this.

Jeff on Apr 29, 2010


Actually a lot of people don't want this isn't a surprise although I know they weren't listening anyhow.

tra la la la la di da on Apr 29, 2010


"...and I'm Ron Burgundy, go fuck yourself Paramount." ;P

Toucmyinfection on Apr 29, 2010


shoot sweet info dude.

limewire on Apr 29, 2010


I was really hoping to meet Dorothy Mantooth

Voice of Reason on Apr 30, 2010


#12 haha i wish sad day

DoomCanoe on Apr 30, 2010

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