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It's officially official: Anchorman 2 is not happening

Apr. 29, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Writer/Director Adam McKay, who will Will Ferrell created the legendary ANCHORMAN, just posted an updated on Twitter that will leave fans of the film crestfallen. ANCHORMAN 2 just isn't happening.

Says McKay: "So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried."

Just two days ago MTV quoted McKay as saying that the entire cast was extremely generous in cutting their salaries to return for a sequel and that ultimately the decision was Paramount's to make. Turns out after a series of meetings, Paramount wasn't looking to get back into the ANCHORMAN game.

The story is still breaking (McKay just tweeted the information about a 1/2 hour ago) so it's unclear if the price was still too high or if the studio heard some of the plans for the movie and felt that the film (which McKay described as "bigger and crazier" than the original, which was pretty big and crazy) was a little too much of a risk.

Frankly I can't imagine a world where we see a sequel to the SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS but ANCHORMAN 2 can't get a greenlight. I'm in a glass case of emotion right now...

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5:06PM on 04/29/2010
What a dumb idea to pass on this. Anchorman 2 had profit written all over it. The cast was willing to cut down their paychecks and like Inside_A_Fireball said Rudd and Carell have become huge stars and they would have drawn in as much people to this as Ferrell would. I swear to god, Hollywood is really going to hell lately.
What a dumb idea to pass on this. Anchorman 2 had profit written all over it. The cast was willing to cut down their paychecks and like Inside_A_Fireball said Rudd and Carell have become huge stars and they would have drawn in as much people to this as Ferrell would. I swear to god, Hollywood is really going to hell lately.
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5:06PM on 04/29/2010
The sea runs red with Paramounts blood!!
The sea runs red with Paramounts blood!!
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5:19PM on 04/29/2010
Dorothy Mantooth is a saint. Baxter is a miniature buddha with hair. Paramount Pictures is a big pile of dump. Anyone who sat through Revenge of the Fallen deserves Anchorman 2 in compensation.
Dorothy Mantooth is a saint. Baxter is a miniature buddha with hair. Paramount Pictures is a big pile of dump. Anyone who sat through Revenge of the Fallen deserves Anchorman 2 in compensation.
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5:03PM on 04/29/2010
Paramount after declining on Anchorman 2: "I Immediately regret this decision."
Paramount after declining on Anchorman 2: "I Immediately regret this decision."
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5:12PM on 04/29/2010

Whore Island

No amount of words can express the hatred we currently have for Paramount.
No amount of words can express the hatred we currently have for Paramount.
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4:23PM on 04/29/2010
OK, let me get this right. Magic 8-Ball movie sure, but Anchorman 2 no thanks.

Makes sense
OK, let me get this right. Magic 8-Ball movie sure, but Anchorman 2 no thanks.

Makes sense
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4:22PM on 04/29/2010

Don't movie studios love brands?

why the hell would you pass on Anchorman 2? Every jackass age 13-30 would see this movie, myself included. sucks
why the hell would you pass on Anchorman 2? Every jackass age 13-30 would see this movie, myself included. sucks
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5:24PM on 04/29/2010
MORE LOUD NOISES!!
MORE LOUD NOISES!!
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4:51PM on 04/29/2010
LOUD NOISES!!
LOUD NOISES!!
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5:02PM on 04/29/2010

This makes absolutely no sense!

Paul Rudd & Steve Carell have become HUGE stars since Anchorman came out. This would have been a cash-cow for sure, and that's honestly all these studio's care about.

Even with the stars pricey paychecks, Paramount still would have turned a nice profit. I'll bet that bad blood is involved somehow. That's the only thing that makes any sense to me.
Paul Rudd & Steve Carell have become HUGE stars since Anchorman came out. This would have been a cash-cow for sure, and that's honestly all these studio's care about.

Even with the stars pricey paychecks, Paramount still would have turned a nice profit. I'll bet that bad blood is involved somehow. That's the only thing that makes any sense to me.
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5:50PM on 04/29/2010
weeeeell shit. Fuck you paramount.
weeeeell shit. Fuck you paramount.
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6:53PM on 04/29/2010
sadly this is yet another case where all you can do is just sit back, accept it, and say "when in Rome"
sadly this is yet another case where all you can do is just sit back, accept it, and say "when in Rome"
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4:58PM on 04/29/2010
My guess is the price is too high. I can't imagine a Magic 8 ball movie costing chunk of dough, but Anchorman 2 with Paul Rudd, Steve Carrel, and Will Farrel would cost a fortune even with their salaries cut. Unfortunate but true.
My guess is the price is too high. I can't imagine a Magic 8 ball movie costing chunk of dough, but Anchorman 2 with Paul Rudd, Steve Carrel, and Will Farrel would cost a fortune even with their salaries cut. Unfortunate but true.
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4:32PM on 04/29/2010

dang

I guess Paramount thought that milk was a bad choice.
I guess Paramount thought that milk was a bad choice.
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6:27PM on 04/29/2010
Why is there so much hate about this? Chances are it won't have been anywhere near as good as the first one and then we'd all be back here complaining that they greenlit it in the first place... I say yay for no Anchorman 2.
Why is there so much hate about this? Chances are it won't have been anywhere near as good as the first one and then we'd all be back here complaining that they greenlit it in the first place... I say yay for no Anchorman 2.
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4:26PM on 04/29/2010
Fail.
Fail.
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12:55PM on 04/30/2010

Stupid

this movie would easilly make $200 million and another $100 in video sales, no way the movie would even cost half that
this movie would easilly make $200 million and another $100 in video sales, no way the movie would even cost half that
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4:41PM on 04/29/2010
They will wait to just remake the first one. No sequel.
They will wait to just remake the first one. No sequel.
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10:26PM on 04/29/2010

Paramount is the new NBC

BIG MISTAKE. We lost Coco, now this? what is up with 2010?
BIG MISTAKE. We lost Coco, now this? what is up with 2010?
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10:32PM on 04/30/2010
I'll get over it.
I'll get over it.
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7:26AM on 04/30/2010

What?

Hollywood complains about Box Office numbers declining...Praises Avatar for bringing in audiences with the 3D Gimmick...and Anchorman 2, backed by a solid group of very talented people, is not allowed to bring them money and fans happiness?
Hollywood is terrible. It's Science.
Hollywood complains about Box Office numbers declining...Praises Avatar for bringing in audiences with the 3D Gimmick...and Anchorman 2, backed by a solid group of very talented people, is not allowed to bring them money and fans happiness?
Hollywood is terrible. It's Science.
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12:39AM on 04/30/2010
Well, Paramount IS Spanish for "Whale's Vagina" after all.

It's science.
Well, Paramount IS Spanish for "Whale's Vagina" after all.

It's science.
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10:06PM on 04/29/2010
Paramount you're an idiot.
Paramount you're an idiot.
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9:44PM on 04/29/2010

This is

Bullshit! I'm gonna go kill a guy with a trident, excuse me.
Bullshit! I'm gonna go kill a guy with a trident, excuse me.
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6:49PM on 04/29/2010
Sequels usually suck, so i'm generally happy they didnt make it, unfortunatly anchorman is one of my favorite comedies...then i remind myself of some sequels that sucked that were widely speculated!
Sequels usually suck, so i'm generally happy they didnt make it, unfortunatly anchorman is one of my favorite comedies...then i remind myself of some sequels that sucked that were widely speculated!
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2:01AM on 04/30/2010
Sequels suck says the man with a Dark Knight avatar
Sequels suck says the man with a Dark Knight avatar
1:17AM on 05/01/2010
He said "some sequels that sucked..." not all. Read!!
He said "some sequels that sucked..." not all. Read!!
5:17PM on 04/29/2010

Who Cares....

In a world where people complain about sequels being made constantly, here we have a studio saying no to a sequel. Will Ferrell is not the funny genius that people want him to be. He was great in Old School, but he doesn't garner the interests of everyone. At the time The Hangover was released, most people couldn't tell you who any of the guys were. Now they are doing a sequel, but hey what do I know. One of my favorite movies is a sequel. (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
In a world where people complain about sequels being made constantly, here we have a studio saying no to a sequel. Will Ferrell is not the funny genius that people want him to be. He was great in Old School, but he doesn't garner the interests of everyone. At the time The Hangover was released, most people couldn't tell you who any of the guys were. Now they are doing a sequel, but hey what do I know. One of my favorite movies is a sequel. (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
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6:39PM on 04/29/2010
Yeah dude! I care! Where would we all be without the Secret of the Ooz? A much less happier world thats where we'd be.
Yeah dude! I care! Where would we all be without the Secret of the Ooz? A much less happier world thats where we'd be.
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4:46PM on 05/01/2010
That sucks.
That sucks.
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11:02AM on 04/30/2010
I thought the first one did pretty well at the box office? I honestly didn't pay too much attention to the numbers when it came out but I remember being in a packed theater opening night and everyone laughed their asses off. I would love for a sequel to be made, but its not the end of the world if it doesn't.
I thought the first one did pretty well at the box office? I honestly didn't pay too much attention to the numbers when it came out but I remember being in a packed theater opening night and everyone laughed their asses off. I would love for a sequel to be made, but its not the end of the world if it doesn't.
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6:48AM on 04/30/2010
I love scotch!
I love scotch!
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3:05AM on 04/30/2010

Bad Choice

I dont believe it, Paramount.They passed up a true money maker movie. After the sucess of Anchorman, you would think a sequel would get instant green light.
I dont believe it, Paramount.They passed up a true money maker movie. After the sucess of Anchorman, you would think a sequel would get instant green light.
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10:50PM on 04/29/2010
fuck.
fuck.
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9:28PM on 04/29/2010
Im gonna go fucking kill myself, I no longer have a reason to live. Thanks Paramount.
Im gonna go fucking kill myself, I no longer have a reason to live. Thanks Paramount.
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1:23PM on 04/30/2010

spanish news team

the streets will run red, with burgundy's blood....boo PARAMOUNT!!!
the streets will run red, with burgundy's blood....boo PARAMOUNT!!!
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11:41AM on 04/30/2010
smells like bigfoot's dick
smells like bigfoot's dick
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8:22PM on 04/29/2010
Cannonball!
Cannonball!
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8:13PM on 04/29/2010
This sucks because they could easily make this movie for less than $100M with salary cuts. Then it could probably make $40 - $50M in the first weekend give or take.
This sucks because they could easily make this movie for less than $100M with salary cuts. Then it could probably make $40 - $50M in the first weekend give or take.
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10:54AM on 04/30/2010
dude, no studio spends $100 million on a comedy like this. they probably want to make it for like $30m like hangover and then cash in. but with the big stars, even with their paycuts, and a grand and crazy theme this could cost like $70 and i guess that's too big a risk to them even if it's cult. remember the first one only $85m theatrically but has since gotten a huge fanbase.
dude, no studio spends $100 million on a comedy like this. they probably want to make it for like $30m like hangover and then cash in. but with the big stars, even with their paycuts, and a grand and crazy theme this could cost like $70 and i guess that's too big a risk to them even if it's cult. remember the first one only $85m theatrically but has since gotten a huge fanbase.
2:41AM on 04/30/2010

I'M SO PISSED!

who do we have to kill to get this film made. I'm goin over to paramount and crackin some skulls! Makes me wonder if they even listen to the fans to see what they would like to see. This film would have been an instant hit! Paramount blows chunks! Is it possible to get it made somewhere else?
who do we have to kill to get this film made. I'm goin over to paramount and crackin some skulls! Makes me wonder if they even listen to the fans to see what they would like to see. This film would have been an instant hit! Paramount blows chunks! Is it possible to get it made somewhere else?
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1:20AM on 05/01/2010

Anchorman sucked!

Bring on the down thumbs, but I effing hated, hated, hated, loathed, and utterly despised "Anchorman", so I am ultra, ultra, beyond happy this got passed. Also, "Tallagedga Nights" sucked also. Ferrell isn't as funny as all you guys find him.
Bring on the down thumbs, but I effing hated, hated, hated, loathed, and utterly despised "Anchorman", so I am ultra, ultra, beyond happy this got passed. Also, "Tallagedga Nights" sucked also. Ferrell isn't as funny as all you guys find him.
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11:10PM on 04/29/2010
That's a relief...

Then again I would have liked to see more of Ben Stiller's Arturo Mendez.
That's a relief...

Then again I would have liked to see more of Ben Stiller's Arturo Mendez.
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5:59PM on 04/29/2010
I think this is good news...
I think this is good news...
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4:51PM on 04/29/2010
reboot?
reboot?
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6:13PM on 04/29/2010
Honestly, I'm happy. Koechner, Rudd, and Carrel should be working with better people than Will Ferrel
Honestly, I'm happy. Koechner, Rudd, and Carrel should be working with better people than Will Ferrel
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