‘Anchorman 3’ Could Send Ron Burgundy to War With the Internet, Or an Actual War
When Anchorman 2 hit theaters in 2013, it had been nine years since we first met Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 news team — a pretty significant delay that led to increased comedic expectations, resulting in an underwhelming sequel. At the time, writer / director Adam McKay said he wouldn’t make another one, but he does have some ideas for a potential Anchorman 3 plot, and it wouldn’t be the first time a director backtracked on their promise to avoid another sequel…
While speaking with Yahoo! Movies about his new film, The Big Short, McKay was asked if Anchorman 3 would follow the evolution of the first two films and force Ron to come to terms with the internet — which really is an inherently hilarious concept. Who wouldn’t want to watch mustachioed Will Ferrell hurling obscenities at a Windows 98 load screen? Here’s what McKay had to say:
That was what we kind of talked about. We talked about doing one that was about the rise of the new media. I also thought there was something to the idea — and who knows, maybe we will do one some day — I also thought it’d be cool to have Ron Burgundy get embedded in the Iraq War. We kicked around that idea. But we’ve never got that serious about it, but it would have to be the next stage of what the media has become. And I think you’re right, I think it’s the Internet. The only thing is by then Burgundy would be getting pretty old. So maybe it’s a movie we make in 10 years, when Will’s aged up and it actually makes sense that you can set it in 1997 or ’98.
I said about a month ago that we’d never do a third one, and I realized that was a little too harsh because the truth is, I really don’t know. With these movies, you really don’t know how they’ve played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing. That tends to be how our movies work.
He’s kind of right — Anchorman wasn’t a huge hit upon initial release, and like Wet Hot American Summer, McKay’s film became popular on home video as viewers were rewarded by multiple viewings. Anchorman 2 hit theaters two years ago, though it doesn’t seem like it’s grown on audiences as much since then. Maybe it needs more time to age, like Ron’s beloved scotch.