anchorman 3

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a descent sized comedy hit but it still took nearly a decade for the stars to align for a sequel. And when that film was released, director Adam McKay said that Anchorman 2 would be the last adventure of Ron Burgundy. Of course, he retracted that statement in a separate interview a couple months later, clarifying that he doesn’t know how the movie will play “until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing.”

Now that the filmmaker is out promoting his new film The Big Short, McKay is again being asked about a third Anchorman film. And this time it sounds like he has some potential ideas. What could Anchorman 3 be about? Lets hear Adam McKay speculate about a possible third film, after the jump.

Yahoo Movies asked Anchorman director Adam McKay “if Anchorman was about local news, and Anchorman 2 was the rise of cable news, what would a third Anchorman be about? The internet? Ron inventing listicles?” Here is McKay’s response:

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.

I like the idea of Ron Burgundy having to figure things out in the age of the internet, blogs and social media, but bringing his story to the 2010’s might be too big of a leap. I think part of the reason the Anchorman films work is they are able to make fun of a previous era with the distance of hindsight. But McKay’s other idea, a film following Burgundy becoming embedded in the Iraq War, could also be full of humorous possibilities.

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