Anchorman 2 Canned Because “It Wasn’t The Hangover”
The fact that an Anchorman sequel was at some stage a possibility before cruelly being taken away from us is not easy for many of us to deal with, but an equally disappointed Paul Rudd explained that he could understand Paramount’s budget-restricted view of the project.
“It wasn’t a smash hit opening weekend, it didn’t lose money, but it wasn’t The Hangover, so you look at the figures of when it was in cinemas and it’s not automatic,” he told Empire. “You don’t take into account DVD sales or how it’s grown over the years and so you punch in those numbers and a figure comes up for the budget and for what they might have in mind, there’s a chasm.”
Co-star Steve Carell was also keen to reprise the comedy before it was canned. “I selfishly want to do it again just for the fun of it. And I think it could be as playful and as fun as the original,” he said.
This news follows reports that director Adam McKay had suggested that Anchorman 2 would have been a musical. “We were going to do four months on Broadway and then jump right into filming,” he said before explaining that he has moved on since the news that Anchorman 2 would not be filmed. “There’s no hard feelings, we have some cool projects set up at Paramount.”