While fans get ready to check out the Super Sized R Rated Version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters this weekend, which contains 763 new jokes, director Adam McKay reveals that there will not be an Anchorman 3 sequel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in an interview with Empire, where he claims this is the last sequel he will ever make, nixing rumored plans for a Step Brothers 2.
"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. 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."
When asked if it's possible that the filmmaker may revisit the story in a decade or so, he was adamant that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was the last fans will see of Ron Burgundy and his news team.
"I'm going to say definitely no. I'll actually say it in this case!"
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues took in a healthy $125.4 million at the domestic box office, but only $44 million in international territories. It remains to be seen how the Super Sized R Rated Version version will fare at the box office, where it will run for just one week only. We also reported earlier this week that this follow-up will be released on Blu-ray and DVD April 1, and on Digital HD March 11.
Adam McKay also briefly spoke about two projects he's currently working on, the Uptown Saturday Night remake and his first non-comedy, an adaptation of Michael Lewis' book The Big Short.
The director has been attached to the Uptown Saturday Night remake since 2012, with Will Smith and Denzel Washington circling the project at one point. Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby starred in the original 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night, which centers on two friends trying to get their wallets back from thieves, after they learn that one wallet has a winning lottery ticket.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say about that project, which he is currently rewriting with Nick Stoller.
"You never fully know, but that's the one I'm putting my chips on for now. We're working on the rewrite with Nick Stoller 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."
This is the first time we've heard Adam McKay's name in connection to The Big Short, which Paramount and Brad Pitt's Plan B's acquired in 2010. The book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side) chronicles the 2008 economic collapse, and the five men who saw it coming.
"It's the best book ever written about finance, banking, the stock market. It's all about five guys who knew that the 2008 collapse was coming before it happened. Some of them try to warn people, and some go, 'screw it, I'm going to short the market!' These were the few sane people who knew what was happening and it's about what it's like to be the one person in the room who actually knows that the building is about to collapse and no-one will believe you. It's a page-turner. You read it and by the end you completely understand the '08 collapse."
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was released December 18th, 2013 and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Josh Lawson. The film is directed by Adam McKay.