Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
The First Full-Length Trailer For Black Mass Arrives
Johnny Depp is Boston gangster Whitey Bulger
Patricia Arquette Joins Troll: The Rise Of Harry Potter, Jr.
No, not that Harry Potter....
First Teaser Trailer For Beasts Of No Nation
Idris Elba stars in the dark Netflix film
Matthew Modine Heads 47 Meters Down
He's part of the cast for the underwater thriller
New Promo For We Are Your Friends Drops
Zac Efron wants you to party all the time
Empire's Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Issue Is Here!
On shelves, iPads and Android tablets...
Tom Cruise Already Planning The Next Mission: Impossible
''We’ll probably start shooting it next summer...''
Drew Pearce Says The Other Ghostbusters Is Still Happening
A 'gigantic bold idea', but a long way off yet
Patrick Osborne To Direct Battling Boy
Animator adapting Paul Pope's graphic novel
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
22 April 2015
Marisa Tomei Joins The Big Short
Adam McKay's ensemble just got even bigger
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Ant-Man (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Other Guys (2010)
Empire Star Rating
Step Brothers (2008)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

'No Anchorman 3', Says Adam McKay
Exclusive: The director says Ron Burgundy is no more

27 February 2014  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

submit to reddit

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continued

Seven days. That’s how long Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues… Continued, the alternate version of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s swaggering comedy sequel, will run in cinemas when it opens tomorrow. And, according to McKay, that’s how long Anchorfans have left to catch Ron Burgundy and his pals on the big screen. That sound you can hear is Will Ferrell shaving off his Burgundy ‘tache, burning it and dancing around the flames, for Anchorman 3 is not going to happen.

“It’s done,” says McKay, talking exclusively with Empire. “I think that’s it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy.”

In a way, that’s a surprise. Although Anchorman 2 perhaps wasn’t the huge crossover success that the marketing blitzkrieg that accompanied its December release might have suggested, it was still a big hit, crossing the $100 million mark in the States and almost doubling the worldwide gross of its predecessor. It seemed, in some ways, that Anchorman 3 would follow at some point.

“No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do,” adds McKay, also seemingly torpedoing any plans for Step Brothers 2. “There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.”

Instead, McKay is working on a couple of new projects, including his long-mooted remake of the 1970s comedy, Uptown Saturday Night, with Will Smith. “You never fully know, but that’s the one I’m putting my chips on for now,” he said. “We’re working on the rewrite with Nick Stoller and it’s getting really good. We already did The Other Guys, I didn’t want to go into the traditional buddy film genre, I want it to be something different and I think we found it in the last week.”

But he’s also working on an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book about the financial crash of 2008, The Big Short, which would be something of a departure for a man who’s made nothing but comedies.

“It’s the best book ever written about finance, banking, the stock market,” explained McKay. “It’s all about five guys who knew that the 2008 collapse was coming before it happened. Some of them try to warn people, and some go, ‘Screw it, I’m going to short the market!’ These were the few sane people who knew what was happening and it’s about what it’s like to be the one person in the room who actually knows that the building is about to collapse and no-one will believe you. It’s a page-turner. You read it and by the end you completely understand the ’08 collapse.”

And then after that, who knows? Perhaps, Empire ventures, McKay and Ferrell might revisit the notion of Anchorman 3 down the line… maybe in ten years or so? The director laughs. “I’m going to say definitely no. I’ll actually say it in this case!”

Read the rest of Empire's exclusive interview with McKay, in which he discusses a very interesting alternate notion for Anchorman 2 and the abstract concept of depressing intermissions.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The Muppets Debut A New Music Video
Time to sing the sequel song...
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

good More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:16 on 28 February 2014 | Report This Post

AAAAAAAARRRRGH!
Fck you McKay More

Posted by 7eke at 00:36 on 28 February 2014 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Black Mass Trailer Breakdown With Director Scott Cooper
Find out what's what with Johnny Depp's take on Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)