Fans have been given the clearest indication yet as to what could be in store for Ron Burgundy, should a third Anchorman film get the green light.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has been a firm favourite since its release back in 2004, full of memorable gags and quotable lines aplenty.
2013’s follow-up Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may have hit a few bum notes with critics and some fans alike, but it still cleaned up at the box office earning £173.6 million off a budget of just £50 million.
Adam McKay directed both films and though he’s since moved on to more serious fare with movies like The Big Short, it would appear that Burgundy is still very much on his mind.
Asked during an interview with Cinemablend as to where he would take Ron in the event of a third film happening, McKay offered up the following tit-bit.
The idea is simple enough: Ron Burgundy is going to war.
“I can give you like a little half sentence. I don’t know if you remember the first and even the second Iraq War. Maybe it was mainly the second Iraq War,” McKay said.
“They embedded journalists and that gave us kind of a whole story idea… I don’t want to say too much, but I’ll just tell you that embedded journalist, Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, the news team. That definitely gave us a big idea.”
McKay previously discussed the idea during an interview with Yahoo! Movies.
“I also thought it’d be cool to have Ron Burgundy get embedded in the Iraq War,” he said.
According to McKay, the film would see Burgundy getting to grips with the evolution of news media and the internet – something the director reckons might result in a fairly long wait before a third film comes along.
“So maybe it’s a movie we make in 10 years, when Will [Ferrell]’s aged up and it actually makes sense that you can set it in 1997 or ’98,” he added.
Ferrell, meanwhile, remains open enough to the idea of another film, telling EW “never say never” when previously asked about the concept.
That’s not the only Ferrell/McKay comedy franchise potentially returning to the big screen – with rumours abound that a Step Brothers 2 could be on the cards.
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