Alternate R-Rated Cut of 'Anchorman 2' Hits Theaters February 28th
Last fall, before Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues even hit theaters, director Adam McKay talked about the hopeful prospect of releasing an alternate cut of the comedy sequel with all-new jokes. McKay said, "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." Well, last night Will Ferrell appeared on "The Tonight Show" and told Jimmy Fallon that an R-rated alternate cut hits theaters February 28th.
Here's a promo for the R-rated cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues from the New York Times:
However, Paramount Pictures is only releasing this alternate R-rated cut for just one week in about 1,000 theaters starting in late February. Ferrell explained their plans to Jimmy Fallon on the show last night:
"They're doing something they've never done before. For one week only, February 28th, we have a brand new version with 753 jokes, brand new jokes. Originally the movie was four hours long, and they played around with the idea of splitting it into two movies. But that didn't really work so we just had a second editor working the whole time with alternative jokes. It's the same movie, it's 20 minutes longer, there's a musical number (seen above) we had to cut from the original one, little treats like that."
Director Adam McKay also spoke about the re-release to The New York Times explaining, "We started talking and realized, we can replace every single joke in the movie with another joke." McKay says the new version leaves in some of the old jokes, just for continuity purposes but that about 95% of the original jokes and gags from the theatrical cut have been replaced with new stuff. McKay doesn't think this version is better, but just fun. He adds, "This is a stitched up, Frankenstein version. You’ll either love it or hate it."
While the original theatrical release of the sequel was hilarious, it was always going to be hard to top the original. Even though McKay doesn't this version of the film is better, there's always a chance it could be funnier. We can't wait to see what Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner cooked up with these hundreds of alternate jokes, and you can bet we'll be at the movie theater next week for a second R-rated dose of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Let's hope it's worth it. What about you?