It didn’t seem like we would ever get a sequel to Anchorman, but then a new trend, which ScreenCrush has dubbed the “legacyquel”, happened and Anchorman 2 was born. So when it comes to whether or not we’ll see a third installment of the legend of Ron Burgundy, never say never. Director Adam McKay even spoke about what a hypothetical Anchorman 3 would look like.
During an interview about the filmmaker’s next film, The Big Short, Yahoo Movies asked McKay whether a potential Anchorman 3 would tackle the rise of the blogosphere and listicals.
That was what we kind of talked about. We talked about doing one that was about the rise of the new media. I also thought there was something to the idea — and who knows, maybe we will do one some day — I also thought it’d be cool to have Ron Burgundy get embedded in the Iraq War. We kicked around that idea. But we’ve never got that serious about it, but it would have to be the next stage of what the media has become. And I think you’re right, I think it’s the Internet. The only thing is by then Burgundy would be getting pretty old. So maybe it’s a movie we make in 10 years, when Will’s aged up and it actually makes sense that you can set it in 1997 or ’98.
McKay told Empire at the beginning of last year that Anchorman 2 would be the last one they would make. However, he backtracked quite a bit in a separate interview with Time magazine a couple months later.
I said about a month ago that we’d never do a third one, and I realized that was a little too harsh because the truth is, I really don’t know. With these movies, you really don’t know how they’ve played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing. That tends to be how our movies work.
Like the man said, it could be years before we see a third Anchorman, but would you like to see Will Ferrell run a BuzzFeed-esque news organization in which he reports on memes of Baxter all day?