Adam McKay Wants Alternate Cut of ‘Anchorman 2’ in Theaters; See The Film’s New Poster

By October 25, 2013

First up, take a look at the new poster for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Anchorman 2 Poster

And now settle in for some potentially excellent news. Anchorman co-writer/director Adam McKay recently gave an interview to Empire (via FS) and revealed that he wants to release an alternate cut of the upcoming sequel in theaters during the film’s theatrical run this winter:

We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor’s working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theatres for midnight showings. I know that I personally, if I loved a movie and someone told me that, like if Airplane! had been released with all-new jokes, I’d be like, ‘you’ve got to be fucking kidding me!’ I’d see it in a second.

For the home video release of the first Anchorman film, McKay had his editor cut together an alternate version of the movie called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy that was comprised of storylines and alt takes that didn’t make the final cut of the “real” movie. This would be a similar kind of thing, but seeing both versions theatrically (especially if the alternate version only played at midnight to avoid confusion) would be so much fun.

Not only that, it seems like a great business move for Paramount. It would build word of mouth, and even though the alternate version probably wouldn’t be as good as the “real” one – there’s a reason that content wouldn’t make it into the primary cut, after all – it would certainly draw Anchorman superfans like me into theaters to check it out.

McKay also revealed that one of the centerpiece jokes from the new trailers has already been excised from the primary cut of the film: the sequence in which the news team confuses a gay anchor as being a vampire. In case you’ve forgotten, there were a few scenes cut from the first film’s original trailer as well: Ron hitchhiking, cupping the water in his hand, Ron and Veronica on the desk at the end, etc.

It sounds like there are tons of scenes like that which could be cut into a totally different order here but would still ultimately tell the same overarching story, and it would be a lot of fun to have an option to see this theatrically as well as (probably) on the Blu-ray/DVD release sometime next year. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits theaters on December 20th, 2013.

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