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Details emerge on what it will take to see Anchorman and Zoolander sequels

May. 3, 2010by:

Last week, it was declared that ANCHORMAN 2 was officially dead when director Adam McKay said Paramount essentially passed on the project. Similar news hit ZOOLANDER 2 today when Ben Stiller tweeted that the movie was going the way of Ron Burgundy without enough funds to make a sequel worthwhile for the studio.

But all hope is not lost, at least not yet, as new details are emerging on what exactly the two projects needs to get on track.

The word from Deadline is that Paramount DOES want to make the films, but only if each cost around $40M to make. Why are they so hesitant? Well, as much of a cult phenomenon as both films were, the original ANCHORMAN and ZOOLANDER only took in $5M and $15M overseas, and their domestic totals of $85M and $45M apiece. Decent, and profitable at the time, but not exactly confidence inspiring for the studio if audiences fail to get hyped for larger budgeted sequels.

But honestly, I really think the studio is underestimating the potential of both franchises. Yes, these sequels SHOULD have been made much, much sooner, when audience's interest levels were the highest, but even now, there would be PLENTY of people who would flock to a sequel for either franchise, as both films practically have a nostalgia factor to them these days.

$40M does seem like a rather small budget, especially with the stars needed for each film, but comedies rarely get love from studios, and those involved with the films will just have to make some sacrifices if they want the sequels to see the light of day. I predict at least one of these, if not both will end up made in the end, and will make more cash than Paramount thinks.

Extra Tidbit: If only one could be made, which would you rather see?
Source: Deadline

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5:51PM on 05/04/2010
Fuck you paramount. Make these movies. These characters are timeless, I hardly see how they will be played out. Only comedy gold can ensue. Get a strong team and make these fucking movies you sick fucks.
Fuck you paramount. Make these movies. These characters are timeless, I hardly see how they will be played out. Only comedy gold can ensue. Get a strong team and make these fucking movies you sick fucks.
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4:43AM on 05/04/2010
Anchorman doesn't need a sequel.
Anchorman doesn't need a sequel.
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10:42PM on 05/03/2010
I watched Zoolander once, completely stoned when it came out and I remember thinking, "Jesus, I'm this stoned and the movie still sucks." Maybe it's time for another viewing now that I'm five years off the weed. Anchorman on the other hand, keeps getting funnier every time I see it.
I watched Zoolander once, completely stoned when it came out and I remember thinking, "Jesus, I'm this stoned and the movie still sucks." Maybe it's time for another viewing now that I'm five years off the weed. Anchorman on the other hand, keeps getting funnier every time I see it.
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6:39PM on 05/03/2010
I really think an Anchorman 2 can work.. but the first Zoolander was so awesome and out there that I think a sequel would fail miserably.. and then we'd have to hear the same fans that were crying to get it made cry again about how it should have been different.

But I'll take Anchorman 2 please.
I really think an Anchorman 2 can work.. but the first Zoolander was so awesome and out there that I think a sequel would fail miserably.. and then we'd have to hear the same fans that were crying to get it made cry again about how it should have been different.

But I'll take Anchorman 2 please.
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6:33PM on 05/03/2010

I smell prequels...

young Anchorman and baby Zoolander!
young Anchorman and baby Zoolander!
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6:26PM on 05/03/2010

Ferrell and Stiller have been hit-or-miss lately

That's the reason these films are having trouble getting financed. Stiller's recent adult-oriented comedies (like "Greenberg") haven't done well at all, and Ferrell has been more miss than hit with films like "Land of the Lost" (even "Step Brothers" didn't do all that well in theaters - it barely recouped its production costs by just doubling its budget).

Stiller has more of an international fanbase but almost all of Ferrell's movies bomb internationally - so until the actors re-establish
That's the reason these films are having trouble getting financed. Stiller's recent adult-oriented comedies (like "Greenberg") haven't done well at all, and Ferrell has been more miss than hit with films like "Land of the Lost" (even "Step Brothers" didn't do all that well in theaters - it barely recouped its production costs by just doubling its budget).

Stiller has more of an international fanbase but almost all of Ferrell's movies bomb internationally - so until the actors re-establish their box office cred (particularly Ferrell), I can understand the studios wanting to pass on these.

I'd rather see Zoolander 2, btw.
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6:17PM on 05/03/2010

I'd rather

see Anchorman 2

but you gotta love Jerry Stiller in Zoolander
see Anchorman 2

but you gotta love Jerry Stiller in Zoolander
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3:50PM on 05/03/2010

id rather

.. see Anchorman 2 if I HAD to pick one ... but in reality it has the les slikely chance, IMO, as will ferrell has had a very bad few years, whereas stiller has remained essentially what he was , and has recent success with greenburg.

But honestly I would LOVE to see both, they were two of the funniest movies i saw during those years, and both easily deserve sequels.
.. see Anchorman 2 if I HAD to pick one ... but in reality it has the les slikely chance, IMO, as will ferrell has had a very bad few years, whereas stiller has remained essentially what he was , and has recent success with greenburg.

But honestly I would LOVE to see both, they were two of the funniest movies i saw during those years, and both easily deserve sequels.
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2:14PM on 05/03/2010

Anchorman 2

Anchorman 2 could possibly go down as the best comedy sequel of all time, what is the problem here? Get off your asses and do this! Don't they know that as far as sequels go, 60 percent of the time they work everytime?
Anchorman 2 could possibly go down as the best comedy sequel of all time, what is the problem here? Get off your asses and do this! Don't they know that as far as sequels go, 60 percent of the time they work everytime?
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2:05PM on 05/03/2010
I know a way..... We combine both films into one..... Yes....Yes it will work a crossover then after thats done we wait four years to find out Paramount will remake the films without the orginal actors and director.
I know a way..... We combine both films into one..... Yes....Yes it will work a crossover then after thats done we wait four years to find out Paramount will remake the films without the orginal actors and director.
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1:53PM on 05/03/2010
I actually liked Zoolander more than Anchorman but I think I'd rather see the Anchorman sequel simply because I think Anchorman seems to have more it could possibly do with a sequel while the stupid factor on Zoolander may just produce another Austen Powers situation with the same jokes for 3 movies straight.
I actually liked Zoolander more than Anchorman but I think I'd rather see the Anchorman sequel simply because I think Anchorman seems to have more it could possibly do with a sequel while the stupid factor on Zoolander may just produce another Austen Powers situation with the same jokes for 3 movies straight.
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1:20PM on 05/03/2010

Come On.......

If they gave Evan Almighty a 175 million dollar budget than why can't they give a decent amount of dollars to two cult films. It seems to me that actors from both films want to make a sequel and the films will definatly make money. I must hear a quote from either one of these films at least once a week. So come on hollywood lets make this work
If they gave Evan Almighty a 175 million dollar budget than why can't they give a decent amount of dollars to two cult films. It seems to me that actors from both films want to make a sequel and the films will definatly make money. I must hear a quote from either one of these films at least once a week. So come on hollywood lets make this work
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3:51PM on 05/03/2010
please tell me thats not true ... 175 for evan almighty? thats nuts, and I literally dont believe it.
please tell me thats not true ... 175 for evan almighty? thats nuts, and I literally dont believe it.
1:17PM on 05/03/2010
Anchorman (which I haven't seen, btw) has a leg up because the whole cast is interested in a sequel. The possibilities of bringing the story into the '80s, or whatever, might yield some interesting results.

Zoolander, which I did see, I don't know about. Partly because the idea of celebrity has changed, for better or worse regarding that film? I don't know. But I also believe that while Ferrell is getting a little old and repetitive, Stiller is making his comeback both with his comedy, and
Anchorman (which I haven't seen, btw) has a leg up because the whole cast is interested in a sequel. The possibilities of bringing the story into the '80s, or whatever, might yield some interesting results.

Zoolander, which I did see, I don't know about. Partly because the idea of celebrity has changed, for better or worse regarding that film? I don't know. But I also believe that while Ferrell is getting a little old and repetitive, Stiller is making his comeback both with his comedy, and with the seriocomic roles that marked him in the '90s.

Do we need these sequels? Absolutely not. These guys need to stay relevant, as I enjoy both, but sometimes the smart thing to do is just walk away. A good sequel is always welcome, but the key word there is " good."
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12:54PM on 05/03/2010

Please Stop....

I don't want to see a sequel of either of these movies. I know that if it comes out I won't be going to see it, but I can't stand all the stupid sayings that people pull from the originals. The world would do better if instead of making sequels to movies they could just simply rerelease some of the better cult movies. I'm talking about the Holy Grail here. They could just simply put Monty Python back on the screens, so that all these people who don't know what humor is can learn. Also I've not
I don't want to see a sequel of either of these movies. I know that if it comes out I won't be going to see it, but I can't stand all the stupid sayings that people pull from the originals. The world would do better if instead of making sequels to movies they could just simply rerelease some of the better cult movies. I'm talking about the Holy Grail here. They could just simply put Monty Python back on the screens, so that all these people who don't know what humor is can learn. Also I've not seen it, but I know a lot of people like the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The first Boondock Saints was a cult hit movie, and while I enjoyed the second one for being what it was. I don't feel it was needed. If you are going to film cult movies you need an actor that isn't just flailing horribly in his career. Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell have both put in performances that I've enjoyed in the past, but they were years ago. I liked Will in Old School and his small cameo in The Wedding Crashers. I don't think he can really lead a movie that well. The last Ben Stiller movie that I was excited to see was There's Something About Mary. I've seen his other films, but most of them are just pure trash. To sum up this little rant: Please stop making sequels of bad movies, and support films that are truly worth people's time and effort.
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12:43PM on 05/03/2010
Also, it's funny how Stiller plays a small part in Anchorman and how Ferrell plays a supporting character in Zoolander. Both of them were in each other's original movies and now are having difficulty getting their sequels off the ground.
Also, it's funny how Stiller plays a small part in Anchorman and how Ferrell plays a supporting character in Zoolander. Both of them were in each other's original movies and now are having difficulty getting their sequels off the ground.
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12:41PM on 05/03/2010
The small budget could work for these movies. I mean both movies already have major fanbases so both of these movies will make money. Also, like the post said if the people who are involved in this movie really want it to be made then they have to make sacrifices. The small budget works because The Hangover had a small budget but was still hilarious. I could see both of these movies being hilarious(again) with small budgets.
The small budget could work for these movies. I mean both movies already have major fanbases so both of these movies will make money. Also, like the post said if the people who are involved in this movie really want it to be made then they have to make sacrifices. The small budget works because The Hangover had a small budget but was still hilarious. I could see both of these movies being hilarious(again) with small budgets.
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12:44PM on 05/03/2010
Totally right. I'm partially worried that what Farrell and Stiller are worried about is getting paid what they've been used to getting paid since the first movies. I don't think either of them where in the "100 million" club prior to those movies, but could be mistaken.
Totally right. I'm partially worried that what Farrell and Stiller are worried about is getting paid what they've been used to getting paid since the first movies. I don't think either of them where in the "100 million" club prior to those movies, but could be mistaken.
1:23PM on 05/03/2010
The hangover had a small budget because it was the first film, i'm sure that the sequel has a budget over 40 million.
The hangover had a small budget because it was the first film, i'm sure that the sequel has a budget over 40 million.
2:29PM on 05/03/2010
The Hangover 2 will probably have a bigger budget, but what I am saying is that any comedy or any movie can be good with a small budget. Especially comedies and especially a comedy like The Hangover. Im saying Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2 could still be great and funny with small budgets, depsite them bein sequels.
The Hangover 2 will probably have a bigger budget, but what I am saying is that any comedy or any movie can be good with a small budget. Especially comedies and especially a comedy like The Hangover. Im saying Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2 could still be great and funny with small budgets, depsite them bein sequels.
12:39PM on 05/03/2010
I'd rather see a Zoolander sequel, not because of a preference, per say, but because Anchorman seemed more conclusive. Of course, now I'm saying this, I'm thinking of world news events - would be especially great if it were a prequel with Ron Burgundy covering the 1972 Summer Olympics, or some other heavy and major story. So scratch all that - I'd be fine either way. It's pretty ridiculous if the studios are worried about the original films theatric run as a reason to not put money behind
I'd rather see a Zoolander sequel, not because of a preference, per say, but because Anchorman seemed more conclusive. Of course, now I'm saying this, I'm thinking of world news events - would be especially great if it were a prequel with Ron Burgundy covering the 1972 Summer Olympics, or some other heavy and major story. So scratch all that - I'd be fine either way. It's pretty ridiculous if the studios are worried about the original films theatric run as a reason to not put money behind sequels. Austin Powers did really poorly (worse than either Zoolander or Anchorman, I think), but the sequel was one of the highest grossing movies of 1999, which wasn't too shabby a year at the box office. To me, this honestly just sounds like publicity wheels spinning, and neither movie is in really big danger. Stiller and Farrell don't exactly seem to be the kind of guys who struggle to get films made.
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12:38PM on 05/03/2010

zoolander 2

just a personal preference. i like stiller's comedy style a little better than ferrel.
just a personal preference. i like stiller's comedy style a little better than ferrel.
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12:30PM on 05/03/2010

Anchorman 2

While both movies hold avery special place in my comedy heart, Anchorman 2 would be the one I'd most like to see make it. Zoolander was great but Ferrel needs a comeback in a major way. Although Stiller always delivers, (minus the Focker flicks which fail due to bad scripts). Man it's a toughy, but Anchorman feels like it lends itself to a better sequel due to the ensemble cast and one-liner probability.
While both movies hold avery special place in my comedy heart, Anchorman 2 would be the one I'd most like to see make it. Zoolander was great but Ferrel needs a comeback in a major way. Although Stiller always delivers, (minus the Focker flicks which fail due to bad scripts). Man it's a toughy, but Anchorman feels like it lends itself to a better sequel due to the ensemble cast and one-liner probability.
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12:24PM on 05/03/2010
Honestly I'd really rather not see a sequel of either. "Anchorman" is funny but loses steam by the second half and I despise "Zoolander." Oh well.
Honestly I'd really rather not see a sequel of either. "Anchorman" is funny but loses steam by the second half and I despise "Zoolander." Oh well.
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