Despite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd agreeing to cut their salaries and director Adam McKay cutting down the budget, Paramount decided against making an Anchorman 2 earlier this year. Much to the internet’s dismay. However, the outcry on Twitter and across the blogosphere may have caused Paramount to take note.
Here is what Adam McKay had to say to Collider recently:
It made a difference. Paramount heard it. Adam Goodman, the President of Paramount, was on the first one so he loves it and when that outcry came, he was kind of excited because he knew it could maybe push it towards happening. That having been said, I’m clearly going into it like another movie so if it does happen it’s still two years away or a ways away. And I haven’t talked to anyone. There’s nothing happening right now but it helped, it helped.”
The first film only made $90 million worldwide, which is probably why Paramount passed in the first place. Here’s what McKay revealed about his plans for the sequel back in April:
“[The '80s angle is] more the frame of it. We have this other, bigger, crazier idea that’s really more what it’s about, which I can’t say. Our thinking was there’s just no way the second one is going to be as good as the first, because the first one is the first one. So our idea is if we’re going to do a second one, we better go for it and try some insane stuff and we’ll be enjoying it and that way it can’t be half bad.”