60% of the time, sequels work all of the time...

anchormanAnchorman was a wildly successful movie. Quotable script, inspire performances by a who's who of the comedy world... the movie had it all.  It stands in the rarified air among the great comedies of all time. 

And that's saying something...

Few of the great movies ever try for the sequel (Godfather 2 being the only notable exception), perhaps feeling that it was anchorman-warhard enough to catch lightning in a bottle once... to try and do it twice is asking a bit much, especially when it comes to comedies.

This is why I found the rumors of talks to make a sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy so odd. 

But alas, not only are there such rumors floating around out there, but it turns out there just might be something to those rumors...

mckayIn an interview with Mtv News, Anchorman director Adam McKay had a few things to say on the rumors;

"It’s a tricky movie because everyone went and did really well after it, so everyone’s prices went up and everyone’s time got a little more valuable. But at the same time, graciously, Steve and Paul and everyone agreed to cut their price to come and do [the sequel], which you don’t see very often in Hollywood — and cut their price substantially. But even with that, it’s just a budgetary thing with Paramount in terms of how much they’ll give us to make it. 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. The stage we’re at now is talking to Paramount and trying to get the money to do it."

I love lamp...

In the interest of total disclosure, should they make a sequel to Anchorman I am already in.  Fuck, I would go in blind.

But that being said, I am torn on how I feel about Hollywood making this sequel. 

On the one hand, it is rare for a sequel to capture the magic and energy of the first go around.  And with this one coming six years later, there is that glimmer of chance that maybe some of the guys might have lost the zip on the ol' fast ball they had before.

But for some reason, the fact that the original cast not only wants to do a second one, but has agreed to do it for significantly less than what they could ask to do such a movie (the original did a lot for the careers of the actors in it) says a lot.

Either way, from the sounds of it we won't have to wait too long to see what they come up with.  Word on the street is that if paramount strokes the check for the sequel in the near future, a script could be written before year's end and filming could anchorman-yaystar as late as February 2011 with a target release of late 2011.

As to what sort of zany adventures Ron and the rest of the gang might find themselves in, McKay played coy n the matter.  “[The '80s angle is] more the frame of it,” says McKay. “We have this other, bigger, crazier idea that’s really more what it’s about, which I can’t say.”


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