‘Anchorman 2′ In Trouble: Steve Carell Wants In, But Director Adam McKay Says He’s “Moved On”
These days, Hollywood studios are parting with their money more cautiously than ever and it’s even become difficult to get the go ahead for sequels to movies that have already proven themselves. Ben Stiller was unsuccessful in his attempt to resurrect Zoolander and it looks like the creators of Anchorman have given up their hopes of creating a sequel to the 2004 cult hit which starred Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. Despite the fact that Paramount has passed on the project, The Office star recently told Empire Online that he is still interested in filming a sequel:
I selfishly want to do it again just for the fun of it. And I think it could be as playful and as fun as the original.
Before Paramount rejected the project based on their own privately conducted profit analysis, Anchorman writer/director Adam McKay had started to make plans for the follow up. In an interview with Chud.com, McKay said that he envisioned it as a musical:
We were going to do four months on Broadway and then jump right into filming.
McKay says he will continue to work with Paramount on future projects:
There’s no hard feelings. We have some cool projects set up at Paramount. We’ve moved on.
Sometimes moving on is the best thing to do. I’m sure Sharon Stone wishes she had thought about that before stepping in front of cameras for Basic Instinct 2.