Paramount pulls the plug on ANCHORMAN 2
Just two days ago, we brought you news that production on ANCHORMAN 2 could begin as early as February 2011, granted if the the script was finished by this fall. And, of course, if Paramount agreed to green light the film in the wake of recent voluntary budget cuts, in which Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and the rest of the original film's stars willingly agreed to a substantially smaller paycheck so that the film could be made. Well, as Rome fell in a day, so can a film property. And, as they say, when in Rome...
According to director Adam McKay, via Twitter, the studio has pulled the plug on the further adventures of the Action 4 News Team. "So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried."
If you recall from our previous report, McKay spoke about the budget cuts saying, "Steve and Paul and everyone agreed to cut their price to come and do [the sequel], which you don’t see very often in Hollywood — and cut their price substantially. But even with that, it’s just a budgetary thing with Paramount in terms of how much they’ll give us to make it.” The director went on to say that everyone was more than enthused to return, however they were in a holding pattern. "The stage we’re at now is talking to Paramount and trying to get the money to do it.”
It looks like Paramount would rather say "Go fuck yourself, San Diego" than "Stay classy."
And even though we all devoutly love ANCHORMAN in this here whale's vagina, this is probably for the best. As a second trip to Pleasure Town on the ship called Diversity would probably not be as magic as the first. Because 90% of the time, it never works all the time.