Adam McKay Wants to Release Alternate 'Anchorman 2' in Theaters
For those who have purchased Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy on DVD or Blu-Ray over the years may have noticed an entirely different movie called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy! that was edited together using footage shot for the first film that ended up on the cutting room floor. More than just another line-o-rama and alternate takes, this was an entirely different movie with some ties to the plot of the original film. It wasn't a masterpiece, but it was hilarious. Now Adam McKay has talked about an entirely different cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with hopes to release it in theaters. Read on!
McKay recently took the time to do a quick trailer breakdown at Empire explaining some bits from the two new trailers and how they fit in the context of the story, but without spoiling anything. When the question about the gay anchorman, who everyone mistakes for having the traits of a vampire, arose in the breakdown, McKay explained that the scene featuring Matthew Stanton had already been cut from the film. It's an unfortunate circumstance for the actor as McKay explains his history with the supporting player, which is a little embarrassing for the filmmaker:
“He was in 'Talladega Nights' but his scene got cut out. He’s a day player from Atlanta and I completely forgot who he was and innocently cast him in this. I thought, that guy’s really good and he came up to me like, you don’t remember me, do you? He was a fan in 'Talladega Nights' but didn’t make the final cut. He’s awesome, though.”
And even though McKay says the film clocks in at 1 hour and 53 minutes, which he says is "the longest we've ever done," his scene still ended up being cut. In fact, McKay says that they shot so much footage that they could make an entirely different movie with completely different jokes. This wouldn't be like Wake Up Ron Burgundy 2 or anything, but rather a completely different cut of the sequel itself. McKay says:
“We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor’s working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theatres for midnight showings. I know that I personally, if I loved a movie and someone told me that, like if Airplane! had been released with all-new jokes, I’d be like, ‘you’ve got to be fucking kidding me!’ I’d see it in a second.”
Fans will likely wholeheartdly agree. Most of the time, there are only a handful of scenes that have a series of alternate takes, one right after the other, that appear on the home video releases of Adam McKay and Judd Apatow's films. but if McKay can convince Paramount to release an entirely different cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, it would be like having two movies for the price of one. I'm pretty sure the box office bucks would roll in, which is what any studio wants. It's unclear if this will actually happen, but at the very least, you can expect the home video release to have an alternate cut. Sound good?