Anchorman 2 ¬ In 2011?
(TotalFilm.com) – Keep those fingers firmly crossed San Diego, because Adam McKay believes a potential Anchorman sequel could be up and running as soon as February 2011…as long as Paramount open their cheque book.
Talk of a sequel has been floating around for years, with McKay, Judd Apatow and Will Ferrell all having spoken about the idea, whilst the rest of the cast are similarly open to a return. “We had an idea and we contacted Steve and Paul and (David) Koechner and Christina (Applegate),” McKay told MTV, “and they were all game for it.”
Encouraging stuff, but the problem for the studio bean counters has always been that the stars of the original now come with a much heftier price-tag than first time-around. However, McKay is hopeful a compromise might yet be reached.
“It’s a tricky movie because everyone went and did really well after it,” said the director, “but at the same time, graciously, Steve and Paul and everyone agreed to cut their price to come and do (a sequel), and cut their price substantially. It’s just a budgetary thing with Paramount in terms of how much they’ll give us to make it.”
Provided Paramount do loosen the purse strings, McKay plans to get a script knocked together by the end of the year in order for filming to kick-off in early 2011. Meanwhile, the director is refreshingly honest about the nature of sequels like this.
“Our thinking was there’s no way the second one is going to be as good as the first, because the first one is the first one,” he said. “So our idea is if we’re going to do a second one, we better go for it and try some insane stuff, and we’ll be enjoying it and that way it can’t be half bad.”
In fairness to the studio, the original film did fairly average business at the box office, but surely they can’t pass this one up, particularly if they’re getting A-listers like Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd on the cheap? Come on gentlemen…do the right thing.