“It’s done. I think that’s it. It was great to do it, and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy.”
So says Adam McKay, director, co-writer and producer of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, when asked about a potential third installment. Will Ferrell, along with castmates Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner will make their final run together on the big screen starting today, with an R-rated, extended cut of the most recent theatrical release, with over seven hundred new jokes, which essentially turns this version of the film into a massive comedy stew of scenes that didn’t make the final cut, and a whole lot of improvisational comedy.
It’s a seven day run in theaters, and according to McKay, that’s the last new Burgundy you’ll be getting from the Gary Sanchez Productions crew. Though it made $169,268,368 USD total gross worldwide, McKay appears content to move on to new projects, additionally shooting down another prospective sequel in Step Brothers 2 with some finality whilst discussing an Anchorman trilogy.
“No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.”
McKay is currently working with screenwriter Nick Stoller (Muppets Most Wanted, Get Him to the Greek) on a script for the remake of 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night, which starred Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, and Sidney Poitier. Will Smith is currently pegged to star alongside Denzel Washington. As it stands now, this is the project McKay appears most interested in moving on next, saying,”You never fully know, but that’s the one I’m putting my chips on for now. We’re working on the rewrite and it’s getting really good. We already did The Other Guys, I didn’t want to go into the traditional buddy film genre, I want it to be something different and I think we found it in the last week.”
The above noted, it’s always safe money to bet that we’ll see the Anchorman crew, as well as John C. Reilly and Ferrell cross paths again. The whole Apatow/McKay club (Judd Apatow produced on both Anchorman films along with McKay and Ferrell) have always mixed liberally, and there’s entirely too much comic gold between them not to see more fresh, super weird goodness from them again in the future.
Until then, check out the trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued: