Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Legend Continues
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adam McKay|
|Produced by||Judd Apatow
|Written by||Will Ferrell
|Music by||Andrew Feltenstein
|Editing by||Brent White
Gary Sanchez Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is an upcoming American comedy film. It is the sequel to the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. As with the original film, it is directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, and written by McKay and Will Ferrell, and features Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Luke Wilson reprising their roles from the first film. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2013.
After the 1970s brought prosperity to the Channel 4 news team, the group disbands and hits rock bottom until a 24-hour news channel is being put together and the group is recruited to join the channel.
In an April 2012 interview, director Adam McKay said the script was a work in progress, and the story might include a custody battle and bowling. In a May 2012 interview, he was quoted as saying that nothing was set. The story is moved from San Diego to New York, at the onset of the cable news era in the 1980s. Kristen Wiig plays Brick's love interest. At a cancer survivor fundraiser in San Diego in September 2013, Ferrell showed a clip of the film portraying a scene involving Champ Kind's fried "chicken" restaurant.
- Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy
- Steve Carell as Brick Tamland
- Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana
- David Koechner as Champ Kind
- Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy
- Chris Parnell as Garth Holliday
- Luke Wilson as Frank Vitchard
- Vince Vaughn as Wes Mantooth
- Fred Willard as Edward "Ed" Harken, the news director of KVWN.
- Kristen Wiig as Chani, Brick's Lover
- James Marsden as Jack Lime
- Meagan Good as Linda Jackson
- Harrison Ford as Mack Harken
- Dylan Baker
- Greg Kinnear as Gary
- Josh Lawson
- Nicole Kidman
- Jim Carrey
- Sacha Baron Cohen
- Kirsten Dunst
- Tina Fey
- Liam Neeson
- Amy Poehler
- John C. Reilly
- Kanye West
- Green Day
This is the first film in the series to be released by Paramount Pictures, which acquired the DreamWorks back catalog in 2006 (and owned the studio itself until 2008), including ownership of the first movie and other films from DreamWorks that were made before the Paramount merger. In May 2008, Adam McKay said that he and Will Ferrell had talked about wanting to do an Anchorman sequel, saying: "I'm looking to do another movie, I might do this other movie called Channel 3 Billion which is kind of this science fiction/Brazil type comedy. Then after that, Will and I are like let's do Anchorman 2…so you're talking like 2 years maybe we'll do it. But we're going to do it, for sure." On July 23, 2008, Adam McKay announced that he and Will Ferrell had begun work on the sequel. On April 29, 2010, McKay Tweeted that Paramount Pictures had turned down a proposal for the sequel, even after McKay had told them Ferrell, Carell and Rudd would take pay cuts, saying: "So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried."
On April 30, 2011, Ferrell publicly stated that Paramount, which owns the rights to Anchorman, had decided against the idea of a sequel, stating "We've run the numbers and it's not a good fit." In a May 2010, interview with Entertainment Weekly Ferrell spoke about Paramount passing on the film, 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 Adam, if it never happens, then it never happens. And that’s fine, too. So we’ll just see." On March 28, 2012, Paramount Pictures agreed with Adam McKay to make a sequel to the first Anchorman movie.
At a charitable event in May 2012, Will Ferrell confirmed that script writing had begun and that filming would begin around February 2013, confirming that the film will possibly be released sometime between Fall 2013 and Christmas 2013. In August 2012, Vince Vaughn confirmed that Wes Mantooth would indeed appear in the film, and even hinted at the possible appearance of Wes Mantooth's mother, Dorothy, who was mentioned in the first film. He expressed interest in Angela Lansbury playing the role. On December 19, 2012, it was announced that the film would be released on December 20, 2013. Director Adam McKay confirmed in February 2013, that actress Kristen Wiig joined the cast.
Filming began in March 2013. On March 4, 2013, actor Harrison Ford was spotted on set with Will Ferrell. Some filming took place on St. Simons Island, Georgia starting on April 22, 2013, through May 8, 2013. Crews built a mock lighthouse and filmed a shark scene. Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia, substituting for New York City. Filming was scheduled for San Diego in the end of May 2013 (May 24 at Sea World San Diego). There was a casting call in San Diego on May 11, 2013. Some shots were made at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey in May 2013. On November 27, 2013, Paramount Pictures moved the release date up two days from December 20, 2013, to Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
On March 28, 2012, actor Will Ferrell officially announced the sequel dressed in character as Ron Burgundy on the late-night talk-show Conan. A teaser trailer was filmed approximately one week after Ferrell's announcement. The teaser trailer, featuring Ferrell, Rudd, Koechner and Carell, premiered on May 16, 2012 in front of the movie The Dictator. An online version of the trailer premiered on May 21, 2012 on the website FunnyOrDie.com. A third teaser trailer was released on YouTube on May 18, 2013, with the movie retitled as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, adding the number 2 to the title. The first full theatrical trailer was released on June 19, 2013. A second trailer was released on October 23, 2013 and was attached to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
On June 5, 2013, the Newseum in Washington D.C., in collaboration with Paramount, opened an exhibition relating to the sequel, including props from the movies. In October 2013, Chrysler Group LLC cross-promoted the film with a series of commercials featuring Ron Burgundy and the Dodge Durango. On October 22, 2013, it was announced Ben & Jerry's would be releasing a limited edition ice cream flavor in promotion of the film called Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch.
On November 10, 2013, Will Ferrell announced that Kanye West and Paul Rudd are working on an Anchorman album stating: "He's doing an album with Paul Rudd — which I shouldn't have said, anyway it's out there. I think they were just comparing notes and laying down some tracks, as they say in the biz. Rudd is doing all the hooks. That's a big deal. I heard the album's terrible, by the way. Awful." On November 19, 2013, an autobiographical book called Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings was released by Will Ferrell under the Ron Burgundy moniker. On November 25, 2013, Paramount Pictures launched the Anchorman 2: Scotchy Scotch Toss game for Apple mobile devices.
On November 30, 2013, Ferrell co-anchored a newscast on Bismarck, North Dakota's CBS affiliate KXMB-TV in character as Ron Burgundy. The next day, he made a guest appearance on TSN's coverage of the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials from Winnipeg, Manitoba On December 4, 2013, Emerson College named its School of Communication the "Ron Burgundy School of Communication" for a day. On December 4, 2013, it was announced that Ferrell was scheduled to appear on SportsCenter on December 5, 2013, in character as Ron Burgundy but it was was cancelled in light of a news conference regarding sexual assault allegations against quarterback Jameis Winston.
On November 13, 2013, Will Ferrell spoke with E! Online about the possibility of a third Anchorman movie stating: "I'm sure they would, But I don't know. We just want to see what happens with this one and we'll sit down and assess all of that. Right now, we're just enjoying this journey."
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