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New Details on ‘Anchorman 2’ Starring A Returning Cast With Will Ferrell (UPDATE: Christina Applegate Returning)

Posted at June 2, 2012 by 0 Comment

[UPDATE #3] Certainly not too busy of her NBC series Up All Night, Christina Applegate will be returning to Anchorman 2 as Veronica Corningstone. Details are unknown how she figures into the film, but rest assured she’ll bring the funny.

[UPDATE #2] Check out the latest NSFW teaser trailer and its SFW counterpart after the jump.

NSFW teaser trailer:

SFW teaser companion:

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[UPDATE #1]  Check out the new teaser poster for Anchorman 2 after the jump. I think it’s trying to sell a shoe/foot fetish…

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[Original] New details have emerged that the Anchorman sequel will take place in 1978 and face the threat of 24-Hour news cycle and a diverse news reporting team. [Movie News]

Look, Will Ferrell is not my favorite comedic actor. Lately his choices in comedy vehicles has been sketchy at best, but the one bright spot is and always will be Anchorman. I’m delighted to see a sequel happening with most of the original supporting cast and director Adam McKay recently discussed with THR on the behind-the-scenes struggle of making the project happen.

One of the major problems for the film was funding. Ferrell can easily command a $20 million salary and Steve Carrell can now earn around the $12 million mark as well. It doesn’t leave much room for the producers and film to operate with, but here’s what McKay had to say:

“In like November, just for the hell of it, [our manager] Jimmy Miller called and was like, ‘Hey, is there any change?’ And they were like, ‘No, that’s what it is.’ So now it’s really, really 100% dead, and Ferrell and I are sitting down and there’s talk of doing ‘Step Brothers 2,’ and we were going to line that up at Sony and we were like, ‘You know what? That’ll be our sequel. The first one was so much fun, we’ll go do that.’ But I keep hearing from everyone: ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Anchorman 2′… So we’re about to set sail on ‘Step Brothers 2,’ and I go to Jimmy, ‘Can you just check one last time?’ And he goes, ‘It’s a waste of time. We’ve already checked three times.’ I go, ‘Just call, I just need to hear it one last time.’ And he said, ‘I’m telling you, it’s a waste of time.’ So Ari Emanuel, my agent, is like, ‘Fine, I don’t give a shit, I’ll call.’ So he calls, and he goes, ‘They’re interested.’ And we’re all immediately like, ‘Screw you, we’re wasting time.’ And he’s like, ‘No, no, they’re interested.’ Next thing you know, I hear from [studio head Adam] Goodman, going, ‘Hey, we’ve got a shot.’ I guess a movie fell through for them or something, and that was it.”

An increase is star visibility and an established marquee, the project managed to get a working budget around $50 million, with the cast taking pay cuts. McKay commented further on the story:

“We have a basic idea. I’ll tell you we’re staying roughly period, and I would just say it’s the next stage in the development of American media and news. The fun of these characters is they confront change very poorly. [laughs] So they’ve got some more change coming their way. I can say that pretty safely.”

The film has a preliminary start date of early 2013 with an intended Christmas 2013 or May 2014 release date.

Source: Movie Posters

UPDATE: EW, First Showing

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Mario has produced and written several screenplays and recently directed and edited a Black & White Short filmed on 16mm. His newfound love for postmodernism and the rise of existential cinema has been a great influence on his writings.