Well this is a bit of a heartbreaker. Just when we’d got our jazz flutes at the ready in anticipation of a potential Anchorman sequel, Paramount have pulled the rug out by turning the project down.
Granted, they’d never confirmed it was definitely happening, but from the way director Adam McKay had been talking this week it was all sounding pretty positive, what with an idea in place and the original cast ready to return on a wage-cut.
Clearly though, the suits at Paramount weren’t as excited as us, with McKay revealing the bad news on his Twitter page. “So bummed,” he says. “Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried.”
Presumably the studio were still nursing reservations over the film's profitability, with it’s cult following not necessarily guaranteed to translate into box office megabucks.
Still, we can’t help but feel this is a big opportunity missed, particularly given the willingness of the old cast to reunite. Whilst the first one might have performed disappointingly in cinemas, it didn’t arrive with half the hype a sequel would have done. Surely there was a few quid to be made here?
We just hope that McKay reacted to the news appropriately and called the Paramount bigwigs a bunch of smelly pirate hookers. With a bit of luck they’ll be returning to Whore Island suitably chastened, and realise what a mistake they’ve made.
Worst news of the year so far, or a blessing in disguise? Speak!