Frankly, I’m surprised it has taken so long for this to happen. In the early to mid-’70s Bill Cosby did three films with Sidney Poitier (who also directed) called Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, and A Piece of the Action. The films aren’t exactly related in a narrative sense — they feature different characters, in different cities — but are clearly related in that they feature Cosby, Poitier and great supporting casts having a hell of a time in comedy/caper stories.
Now Adam McKay, director of Anchorman, is in talks to remake Uptown Saturday Night, with hopes for Will Smith and Denzel Washington as the stars. Smith has been trying to remake all three films for a decade now, and maybe it is finally about to happen. Read More »
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After years of speculation, Paramount and the producers of Anchorman finally came to terms that will allow a sequel to go forward. We know the core News Team will be back in action: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner, with Adam McKay co-writing and directing and Judd Apatow producing. We don’t know the details about Christina Applegate returning, but McKay did recently say that one of the elements of the still-developing script could be a custody battle.
That custody battle would be fitting for a film set in the late ’70s, when issues related to divorce were being discussed more openly and frequently than in the past. But there are other timely story elements that will be incorporated into the script as well. Look for the characters to be forced to confront the further evolution of the newsroom as a workplace, with new personalities and ideas challenging the old working methods. Read More »
For years, director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell had said Paramount wasn’t interested in making a sequel to their cult 2004 hit Anchorman and fans had all but given up hope. Then, a few weeks ago, Ron Burgundy showed up seemingly out of nowhere and announced Anchorman 2 was finally happening. After the initial shock and excitement subsided the questions turned to logistics. Who would return and what changed behind the scenes? The first question was quickly answered, the entire supporting cast (save for Christina Applegate, more on her later) had already committed and now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McKay explains what changed and why the sequel was so hard to push through. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:
- The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
- Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
- Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
- Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
- The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
- A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
- Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
- Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
- Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy
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Things escalated quickly Wednesday evening when Will Ferrell, I’m sorry, Ron Burgundy, took the stage on TBS’s Conan and announced that Paramount had greenlit Anchorman 2. Speculation ran rampant of who would return, what the story would entail and all that good stuff. We quickly found out Adam McKay will once again direct and also co-write with Ferrell, plus the male members (pun intended) of the news team had all signed to return: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. There is still no word, however, if the memorable characters played by Christina Applegate, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Vince Vaughn will reappear.
So far, that’s about it. And now Funny or Die has revealed this short video documenting Burgundy behind the scenes of the big announcement. It adds literally nothing to the discussion but would we have it any other way when the topic is Ron Burgundy? Read More »
After seemingly years of studio opposition, Anchorman 2 is finally becoming a reality. So said San Diego’s #1 news anchor, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), when he stopped by Conan Wednesday night to play some jazz flute and make the official announcement. Watch the video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
This edition of Sequel Bits is brought to you by the letters “L,” “O,” and “L.” Which is just my not terribly clever way of saying it’s all about the comedies. After the jump:
- Will Ferrell confirms that Anchorman 2 is still dead, but Step Brothers 2 could get going soon
- Jay Baruchel briefly talks Cartoon Network’s Dragons and How to Train Your Dragon 2
- Ed Helms offers a very minor status update on The Hangover Part III
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Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Whether or not the name Jake Szymanski rings a bell, odds are you’re familiar with some of his work. The rising director’s built up a reputation over the past few years helming some of the most popular shorts on Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Funny or Die website, including “Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard,” “Betwixt the Music: Rebecca Black,” and “Rachel Bilson’s Deleted Sex Scene.” Now Szymanski is in talks to direct the Fox 2000 comedy He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, from McKay and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. The script, which landed on the 2011 Black List, comes from McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn.
The news isn’t all happy, though. Emma Stone, who entered talks to star several weeks ago, is now said to be “unlikely” to board the project. More details after the jump.
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