For a long time it looked like a sequel to the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy was never going to happen. The cast and crew were all busy with numerous other projects and it seemed as if their schedules would never open up at the same time to make a sequel happen. Until they did. And in the wake of that sequel, all involved once again said that another Anchorman film would be highly unlikely. Even so, director and co-writer Adam McKay does have an idea about what a potential Anchorman 3 could conceivably be about.
Speaking with Yahoo Movies while out stumping for his upcoming dark satire on the 2007 housing market collapse The Big Short, McKay stated that if there was a third Anchorman film that it could conceivably be about the rise of the internet and how it has impacted the role of journalists and journalism.
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.
While I would certainly be up for another installment of the Channel 4 News crew’s misadventures, I do have a concern about this idea. If we wait for another ten years for Will Ferrell and the rest of the cast to age into their roles while jokes about the early days of the internet seem so dated that they won’t get a laugh?