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Exclusive: Apatow Talks Anchorman 2
Will it be Grumpy Old Anchormen?

27 August 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Judd Apatow breezed into London this week like a bearded typhoon, and naturally enough we went along and had a chat with him. But when we weren’t talking about his new movie, the excellent Funny People, or asking him about the biggest dog he’d ever seen, we decided to press him, Paxman-style, on the prospect of an Anchorman 2.

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, as you all know, is an Empire favourite, and one of the funniest films ever made. Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy, has been talking about doing a sequel with his writing/directing partner, Adam McKay, for a while now, but nothing concrete appears to have emerged so far.

So, who better to ask for the skinny on the return of Ron, Brick Tamland, Brian Fantana and Champ Kind than Apatow, who produced the 2004 classic? And what he had to say will shock you to the very core of your being. Probably. OK, it won’t. But you can’t blame us for trying.

“They’re making a movie now, Will and Adam,” said Apatow, referring to the duo’s cop comedy, The Other Guys. “But I guess it’s a little bit more a possibility than it was a year ago, when it wasn’t being discussed at all.”

Interesting, interesting… and so, what have those discussions yielded, Mr. Apatow? “When we made Anchorman, Adam and Will had a lot of ideas about what the sequel would be – they’d always laugh about where they’d take the characters.”

And where that is, as it happens, is in a particularly intriguing direction. “The great thing is, Will can be any age and play that character. Those anchormen sometimes have their jobs until they’re 75 years old. So we would always laugh that this movie could work if everybody’s really elderly.”

Ron as an OAP? Brian Fantana adding a catheter to the winning team of The Octagon, James Westfall and Dr. Kenneth Noisewater? Brick Tamland with a severe case of arthritic hip? This could take us into Grumpy Old Anchormen territory… but while we’d love to see the Channel 4 News Team back on the big screen in any incarnation, we’d rather not wait another four decades for it to happen.

Fear not, though – Apatow feels your pain. “I hope we do it before that,” he laughed. Amen to that, sir. Amen to that.


 


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There will be trombones, and flutes and you won't be invited!
Love this movie - goes down like a nice glass of scotch. or jazz flute. More

Posted by sweartome at 08:56 on 01 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Urban_Achiever
C:\Documents and Settings\Drone\My Documents\List of upcoming films to avoid Right click A1 > Insert Type "Anchorman 2" Save & close. More

Posted by Drone at 07:50 on 31 August 2009 | Report This Post

Urban_Achiever
I get what you're saying about Empire star ratings not always vibing with later opinions of the staff, but to say it's hypocritical is a bit much. It's not inconceiveable for a film to come off better after some re-evaluation. I know with Anchorman in particular, practically every single person I know that loves that movie, either hated it the first time, or just plain didn't get it. Now, they'll quote it all day long. I, of course, got it straight away. Because I'm brilliant. But seriously, it More

Posted by chizmund at 13:56 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

PANDA WATCH! More

Posted by woody1812 at 13:28 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

i want the 80s
i think settingthe film in the 80s would b cool. i think of the team in 80s clothes and chuckle to myself plus it be cool just so the great baxter could still be in it not some clone. hey look a camera More

Posted by steve18 at 11:18 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

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Sometimes you have to say When in Rome. And its the channel 4 news team. Its okay, i'm not even angry. More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 09:33 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

"I love lamp" it would be AWESOME to see the channel 5 news team together again! but ditto on the three stars though, I reckon when it gets an essay it will prob get 4*. and "Go fuck yourself, San Diego" More

Posted by Sense83 at 01:50 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

"One of the funniest films ever made" gets 3 stars?!
I am always extremely confused whenever Empire writes about Anchorman. Every time it is mentioned it is lauded with praise and hailed as a fine example of modern comedy. Why then did it only receive 3 stars? Surely the laugh-rate alone assures it at least 4. I just find it grating that with the one hand you give it a mediocre review and the other you describe it as an "Empire favourite" and "one of the funniest films ever made". Hypocritical? I think so. More

Posted by Urban_Achiever at 01:19 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

"One of the funniest films ever made" gets 3 stars?!
I am always extremely confused whenever Empire writes about Anchorman. Every time it is mentioned it is lauded with praise and hailed as a fine example of modern comedy. Why then did it only receive 3 stars? Surely the laugh-rate alone assures it at least 4. I just find it grating that with the one hand you give it a mediocre review and the other you describe it as an "Empire favourite" and "one of the funniest films ever made". Hypocritical? I think so. More

Posted by Urban_Achiever at 01:17 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

"One of the funniest films ever made" gets 3 stars?!
I am always extremely confused whenever Empire writes about Anchorman. Every time it is mentioned it is lauded with praise and hailed as a fine example of modern comedy. Why then did it only receive 3 stars? Surely the laugh-rate alone assures it at least 4. I just find it grating that with the one hand you give it a mediocre review and the other you describe it as an "Empire favourite" and "one of the funniest films ever made". Hypocritical? I think so. More

Posted by Urban_Achiever at 01:15 on 28 August 2009 | Report This Post

I'm gonna punch you right in your ovary!!!
Bloody funny movie. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 23:57 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I'd love to see more of the rivalries with the other news teams kicking off big-time. Last time we got a bi-lingual bloodfest, next time - full-on war?   No commercials, NO MERCY!!! More

Posted by keatsmeister at 23:41 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

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Smells of rich mahogany to me. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 22:59 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

It's the Channel 4 News Team. The Channel 5 Team are nowhere near as cool. But then, I suppose that sometimes you've got to look at yourself and say 'when in Rome'. I'm very aroused. More

Posted by mebbetheywasinjuns at 21:37 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

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Mmm... I just burnt my tongue. More

Posted by LEEJGM at 20:49 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

This can only be a good thing.First film realy grew on me after a couple of viewings."THATS HOW I ROLL".Fave moment of any comedy. More

Posted by lebowski_24 at 20:27 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

The Anchormen of Channel 5 news becoming old and grumpy? Sounds like they need some afternoon delight (cheap joke). More

Posted by GuitarGal_China at 19:49 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

Bad idea
Considering Will Ferrels usual schtick has gotten old I don't see how a sequel will do anything but tarnish the original when it inevitably dissapoints. Pretty much every comedy he's headlined since is Ron Burgundy in a different proffession (with.the possible exception of Step Brothers, I haven't seen that) so I just don't see the point. If he made it now it'd just stink of 'my box office power is waning' whether that is the case or not and considering how he's played so many similar roles w More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 19:10 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

I don't speak Spanish!
If they do it, I hope they do it right. More

Posted by darko18 at 18:47 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

Love the original and agree its one of the funniest films ever but for them to do a second it would have to better so as not to taint the original..! In my humble opinion..! More

Posted by Big K at 18:00 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

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