I haven’t crunched the numbers, but I may have written more about Adam McKay & Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues than any other movie last year. But when I finally saw it, I was a little disappointed because there were a lot of jokes I didn’t think landed as well as they could have. I only saw the film one time (and McKay’s films tend to grow on you the more times you watch them), but on that first theatrical viewing, I probably only really liked about 60% of the movie. Well, if you felt similarly, Paramount just might have the solution.
Back in October of last year, Adam McKay gave an interview in which he talked about how he wanted an alternate cut of the movie to be released in theaters. At the time, he mentioned that his editor was working on it and that there may be up to 250 new jokes worked in. Sounds like he underestimated things a little bit, because Paramount is officially rereleasing Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters for a one week run beginning February 28th, and this version will not only be rated R instead of PG-13, but it will also have a staggering 763 new jokes.
Drew McWeeny at HitFix has a good explanation of why these cuts couldn’t be in theaters at the same time:
One of the reasons they couldn’t do it at the same time as they had the other version in theaters is because the MPAA has a rule that you can’t have two different ratings of the same film in theaters at the same time. You can pull the film, get the new rating, then put the new one out. But they don’t want any confusion in terms of people buying tickets.
This isn’t a Wake Up, Ron Burgundy scenario, either – unlike that movie, which crafted a separate narrative from unused storylines discarded from the first film, this new cut of Anchorman 2 will tell essentially the same story, but just with more jokes stuffed in. Take a look at a clip from the new cut, which features a scene from the first movie, but just with an extra few moments tossed in (that bit with Brick at the end is new):
Will you go see the alternate R-rated cut of Anchorman 2? Let us know what you think about this idea in the comments below.
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