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Adam McKay kills any hopes of Anchorman 3

Feb. 27, 2014by: Niki Stephens

Knights of Columbus, this hurts!

According to Adam McKay, hes done with the world of Ron Burgundy and the rest of the news team.

When the director was asked about a possible third installment, this is what he had to say:

Its done. I think thats it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think thats it for Ron Burgundy.

When ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES hit theaters, it actually didnt do too bad. Sales reached over $100 million in the US, and doubled worldwide. However, the second installment didnt seem to have the same spark that the first did in in 2004. Perhaps they waited too long? While I personally enjoyed it, like most sequels, it didnt quite measure up to what I had originally experienced after being first introduced to the characters. So if the money was there, a third film seems like the thing to do, right?

No, thats the last sequel were gonna do. Theres nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now were releasing this alt version, were totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.

This also kills the idea of that STEP BROTHERS sequel; another film full of awesome quotes. Dont even expect to hear from Burgundy ten years down the line. McKay already nipped that one in the bud:

Im going to say definitely no. Ill actually say it in this case!

Right now, Ron is probably uttering these words

Source: Empire

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11:24AM on 02/28/2014

Great.

Not all characters and movies have to be continued to be mined over and over. especially comedies.

I find it ironic that criticisms of remakes are based on Hollywood not having creativity, not that it is a bad idea, and yet the same people want more sequels of movies they enjoy, which would reflect the samel ack of creativity.

McKay gets it. he doesn't want to make the same movies about the same characters over and over. I applaud that. let these great movies exist in history and
Not all characters and movies have to be continued to be mined over and over. especially comedies.

I find it ironic that criticisms of remakes are based on Hollywood not having creativity, not that it is a bad idea, and yet the same people want more sequels of movies they enjoy, which would reflect the samel ack of creativity.

McKay gets it. he doesn't want to make the same movies about the same characters over and over. I applaud that. let these great movies exist in history and enjoy them; I don't need another adventure of these characters.
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12:39PM on 02/28/2014
Agreed, too much of a good thing can ruin it all.
Agreed, too much of a good thing can ruin it all.
8:18AM on 02/28/2014

WHAT?!!! I thought Anchorman 2 was really good.

We'll see what happens once the Blu-ray sales blow the roof off of the stores....They need to make a third before they make the inevitable Straight-to-DVD "The Son of Ron Burgundy" LOL
We'll see what happens once the Blu-ray sales blow the roof off of the stores....They need to make a third before they make the inevitable Straight-to-DVD "The Son of Ron Burgundy" LOL
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4:10AM on 02/28/2014

No More Anchoring

I think thats a good decision, otherwise you experince over-kill...if they did a third movie, the source material gets more thined out and the appeal of the first movie gets lost.
I think thats a good decision, otherwise you experince over-kill...if they did a third movie, the source material gets more thined out and the appeal of the first movie gets lost.
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4:10AM on 02/28/2014

No!

Anchorman 2 was probably the best comedy sequel I've ever seen and I think it completely measured up to the first one! This news makes me so sad! Hearing this makes me think that another celebrity died. I don't see why he's refusing to make another sequel. Anchorman is set in a world that they can do so much with.
Anchorman 2 was probably the best comedy sequel I've ever seen and I think it completely measured up to the first one! This news makes me so sad! Hearing this makes me think that another celebrity died. I don't see why he's refusing to make another sequel. Anchorman is set in a world that they can do so much with.
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2:59AM on 02/28/2014

Anchorman was not loved immediately...

It took time for Anchorman to become the beloved classic we regard today. That's why I find the dislike, apathy, and downright hate towards the sequel so goddamn amusing. Give it time, sheep...you'll end up loving this one too.
It took time for Anchorman to become the beloved classic we regard today. That's why I find the dislike, apathy, and downright hate towards the sequel so goddamn amusing. Give it time, sheep...you'll end up loving this one too.
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11:22AM on 02/28/2014
no, Anchorman was an immediate hit that garnered great applause and love from audiences when it was released, which sparked its continued appreciation and love.

it wasn't the Big Lebowski which was a box office disappointment that people did not see immediately, but became beloved over time as people actually saw it.
no, Anchorman was an immediate hit that garnered great applause and love from audiences when it was released, which sparked its continued appreciation and love.

it wasn't the Big Lebowski which was a box office disappointment that people did not see immediately, but became beloved over time as people actually saw it.
1:40AM on 02/28/2014

GOOD!!!!!!!!!

Anchorman 2 was one of the worst comedies I have ever seen. It seemed like an Adam Sandler comedy.
Anchorman 2 was one of the worst comedies I have ever seen. It seemed like an Adam Sandler comedy.
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11:15PM on 02/27/2014

That's fine!

The original was a comedy masterpiece and while I enjoyed the second it was clear that they will never hit another home run with this franchise. I love all of the people involved and would like to see them pair up in different projects but I just think it's so tough to follow up such a beloved, highly quoted film (a comedy in particular). I also feel like they went a little crazy with the promotion having Ron Burgandy on EVERYTHING and while he is a funny character it became a bit much after
The original was a comedy masterpiece and while I enjoyed the second it was clear that they will never hit another home run with this franchise. I love all of the people involved and would like to see them pair up in different projects but I just think it's so tough to follow up such a beloved, highly quoted film (a comedy in particular). I also feel like they went a little crazy with the promotion having Ron Burgandy on EVERYTHING and while he is a funny character it became a bit much after a while. On another note did anyone else feel like Brian Fantana was a little "short changed" in the sequel? He is by far my favorite character and I felt like he had much less screen time than the other three.
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11:04PM on 02/27/2014
Fine by me. Having a third Anchorman film would just be overkill. I enjoyed the sequel, but thought it could have been funnier and it dragged at some parts. First one is still the better film in my opinion.
Fine by me. Having a third Anchorman film would just be overkill. I enjoyed the sequel, but thought it could have been funnier and it dragged at some parts. First one is still the better film in my opinion.
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11:18PM on 02/27/2014
Agreed, I think they focused too much on Ron Burgandy in the second and the other characters (Fantana and Brick particularly) really helped the first one never drag. I enjoyed the second one but it was nowhere near the level of the original and felt about 10-15 minutes too long.
Agreed, I think they focused too much on Ron Burgandy in the second and the other characters (Fantana and Brick particularly) really helped the first one never drag. I enjoyed the second one but it was nowhere near the level of the original and felt about 10-15 minutes too long.
10:52PM on 02/27/2014

Good

I like both films, the second more than the first. But I agree: it's done.
I like both films, the second more than the first. But I agree: it's done.
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10:44PM on 02/27/2014
Odd timing for these quotes. They're re-releasing the 2nd film in "another version" this coming weekend, so how about you see how that does, before dashing the hopes of the film's many fans? I don't get Hollywood sometimes.
Odd timing for these quotes. They're re-releasing the 2nd film in "another version" this coming weekend, so how about you see how that does, before dashing the hopes of the film's many fans? I don't get Hollywood sometimes.
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10:57PM on 02/27/2014
While I agree with you, I do see some value to the timing and choice of words. Adam McKay may be eliminating hope for another sequel, but he is also raising the interest in his alternate version, in theory. Fans have the opportunity to see more jokes and a longer version of a film featuring characters they love, and are being informed that this is the last opportunity to see this world. So, Adam McKay says, go see this movie, and enjoy the last scenes of Ron Burgundy and his news team. As
While I agree with you, I do see some value to the timing and choice of words. Adam McKay may be eliminating hope for another sequel, but he is also raising the interest in his alternate version, in theory. Fans have the opportunity to see more jokes and a longer version of a film featuring characters they love, and are being informed that this is the last opportunity to see this world. So, Adam McKay says, go see this movie, and enjoy the last scenes of Ron Burgundy and his news team. As for what is coming next, he'll have some more original comedies. Given how few original movies there are, how would this be considered bad (especially since Anchorman was losing steam in this movie)?
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