Thursday, 5 May 2011

Anchorman The Sequel

Last week I watched Anchorman: The Legend or Ron Burgundy again, for the fourth time since its release in 2004. So, you can imagine my delight when I read of a possible sequel, only to have my hopes crushed by a report declaring that Paramount pictures have decided to dismiss a remake.
The original Anchorman is an extremely funny movie about the 1970’s media working environment (specifically news broadcasting). Men ruled as the superior sex, no matter how moronic their antics, until Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) appeared on the scene; a hardworking woman, driven by the purpose of proving herself as a lead news anchor. Hilarious one liners follow throughout, Ron: “for just one night, let’s not be Co-workers, let’s be Co-people”. Physical humor is also very prominent throughout the film, my favourite is when the five news team’s gang up on one another, and one guy even has a hand grenade.
Paramount’s excuse for not going through with a sequel is no shocker; it all comes down to money. I feel this is not a valid enough excuse, as Paramount is contemplating making a Mean girls 2. I say this because Mean girls (also released 2004) grossed only one million more than Anchorman did, so what gives? According to Perezhilton, Will Ferrell (The star of Anchorman) was just as upset by the studio’s decision, he was quoted as saying:"Well, you know, yeah, it's a little peculiar. On the one hand, [we were] being begged to do a sequel for such a long time, and then we finally came up with a concept that we liked, we talked to all the guys, and everyone was up for it. And then to get the reaction we got, yeah, it's slightly puzzling to us. But you know what? It's also their money. They get to do or not do whatever they want. So we'll see. We're still going back and forth. Maybe there is a solution. Or, I know in talking to [producer] Adam [McKay], if it never happens, then it never happens. And that's fine, too. So we'll just see."
Those last five words give me hope, a sequel might yet be done in the future, I’ll just have to wait and see. What are your thoughts on an Anchorman sequel?

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