Aren’t direct sequels so overrated? Who wants to see what happens immediately after a hit movie anyway? Here’s a better idea: revisit a movie’s characters way, way down the line, when they’ve become old people. It’s kind of been done before. Look at “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”! But what if it didn’t have to take decades to deliver such a sequel?
This might actually be the concept behind the somewhat planned follow-up to “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” according to producer Judd Apatow. In an interview with Empire, he said that a sequel is now being discussed more seriously than it had been a year ago. We already knew that Will Ferrell met with creative minds from the first film earlier this year, but now it sounds like the next steps are being taken.
We hadn’t heard anything about plot ideas in the previous report. This time though... this time Apatow at least provides us with some vague hints.
“The great thing is,” he told Empire, “Will can be any age and play that character. Those anchormen sometimes have their jobs until they’re 75 years old. So we would always laugh that this movie could work if everybody’s really elderly.”
Setting “Anchorman 2” in the present and having Burgandy and friends aged up quite a bit makes perfect sense given the ending of the original “Anchorman.” Courtesy of one of those “what happened to” epilogues, we learned about the furthered careers of Ron, Veronica (Christina Applegate), Champ (David Koechner), Brian (Paul Rudd) and Brick (Steve Carell), who was said to have become a top advisor to George W. Bush.
Does the idea really sound that funny though? I’d personally love to see footage of Brian hosting “Intercourse Island,” which is what his post-"Anchorman" future had in store, but otherwise it’s hard to imagine what else can be done with the premise. Far more interesting and wacky was Rudd’s claim last year that “Anchorman 2” would be set in the ‘80s and possibly also the moon. Then again, it could still be set in outer space with geriatric characters, right?
Would you prefer a more direct sequel to “Anchorman” or do you like the idea of aging the characters by a few decades? Which character would you most like to see return for “Anchorman 2”?