Will Ferrell would like to make a sequel to his comedy Anchorman. Fans would like to see Will Ferrell make a sequel to Anchorman. It seems that the only people who don’t want to see a sequel to Anchorman made are executives at Paramount Pictures. And that makes them, according to Ferrell, “idiots.”
Doing the rounds for his upcoming comedy Everything Must Go, Farrell confirmed that the studio had decided that they didn’t want to proceed with Anchorman 2 based on some number-crunching and that it may be up to the fans to prove them wrong.
Anchorman 2, you really have to assert some sort of email hate campaign to Paramount Pictures. They’ve told us, ‘We’ve run the numbers and it’s not a good fit.’
Usually in Hollywood, a film that makes $90 million at the domestic box office against a $25 million budget would be considered a hit with a sequel being under consideration. And the film’s audience has only continued to grow as it became a steady seller on home video.
Ferrell went on to explain that the project would have started as a Broadway musical that would then be adapted into a film.
We were going to do almost a reverse… almost like how the Marx brothers used to do – we were going to do a Broadway musical and then have a film come out after the stage show. Everyone we tell the idea loves it, except for the studio that owns the rights. Ball’s in their courts, but they’re being idiots.
Sadly, this is the state of affairs that we’ve known about for almost exactly a year. Anchorman 2 remains a dead project, fans remain disappointed and, as Farrell points out, Paramount executives remain “idiots.”