Adam McKay Says the Fan Outcry Might Revive 'Anchorman 2'

September 8, 2010
Source: Collider

Adam McKay / Will Ferrell

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!

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Man, anything with ron bugurey would be great, I need something ANYTHING, comercial, tv show, sequel! SOMETHING!

Micah on Sep 8, 2010


OMG please god! let it happen, I haven't got any news, only one reporter can give the news I need and that man is Brain Fantana, and the whole gang!

Xerxex on Sep 8, 2010


"Wheeeeeeeen everything's a little clearer in the light of day... And we know that night is always gonna be there an-eeeee waaaaaaay..' (hahahaha) awesome.

Solo Calrissian on Sep 8, 2010


Even though I didn't think that the first one was too special, except for Steve Carell as Brick, I would love to see a sequel in the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe we can see the news team evolving into the pop era.

The Movie Kid on Sep 8, 2010



McWilly on Sep 8, 2010


it's kind of a big deal that this gets made

max s. on Sep 8, 2010


Baxter you know I don't speak Spanish. Whats that boy, you hope there is a sequel. Me too little buddy, Daddy needs a hit

The Captain on Sep 8, 2010


Well, I'll be a smelly pirate hooker! This is great news! I love lamp and I love Ron Burgundy! Now I am going to go have a pants party and some scotch to celebrate!

pubkrawler on Sep 9, 2010


Sky rocket's in flight! (Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-w!!)

hoolihan on Sep 9, 2010


it is criminal that Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2 may not happen, both movies made money and made all their casts even bigger stars, if the studios are worried about higher budgets then get the stars on '% of profits' deals these movies are some Snakes on a Plane internet bullshit, both have grown in popularity since release and the vast majority of people i know aged 15 to 50 would recognise quotes from them if people have the money to make a fucking Battleship movie then sequels to quality films like Anchorman HAVE TO BE MADE!!!

el on Sep 9, 2010


McKay is famously liberal and he lets his politics show during "The Other Guys." Nothing wrong with that on paper - even if it feels incongruous when blended into a daffy comedy. So why doesn't he and his golden "Anchorman" crew put their money where their mouths are and slash their salaries to make the sequel happen?

Christian Toto on Sep 9, 2010


^ I believe that if they were in the business of making quality films instead of fast money, all movies would be modeled (from a quality standpoint) after Hurt Locker, Serenity & D-9. Problem is Anchorman was such a cult sleeper that they can make faster money by saying "from the people that brought you..." with movies like Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, the Hangover etc because it's easier to stick to the cheaper formula (smaller budget to profit ratio) instead of pay everyone more from the previous success with a bigger budget. Before Anchorman took off, It was a Will Farrell & Co, but since then it's: Willl Farrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd etc... Career that have since taken off. That's why we dont see Vince Vaughn in anything anymore. He asks for too much money. If the Hangover was made 5-6 yrs ago, it would have easily been Vaughn, Farrell, Carell & one of if not both of the Wlson Bros before their asking price got too big. Sucks. Seems like they go after the same audience with cheaper to produce sutff they dont mind seeing instead of stuff they'd rather see. hats off at least for making a hangover 2. Lets hope its good!

Solo Calrissian on Sep 10, 2010

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