Ron's Last Ride: Adam McKay Says 'Anchorman 3' Isn't Happening

Friday, 28 February 2014 09:44 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Ron's Last Ride: Adam McKay Says 'Anchorman 3' Isn't Happening

Looks like today's release of the alternate, R-rated cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be your last time to soak up Ron Burgundy's salon-quality coiffure on the big screen.

Dashing the hopes of a world waiting for a Marvel-style cinematic universe built around San Diego's finest newsman, director and co-writer Adam McKay has revealed that Anchorman 3 won't happen. Neither, it seems, will Step Brothers 2.

With his feature directorial debut on the first Anchorman, McKay created a uniquely anarchic comedy that still stands tall a decade later.  The sequel finally reunited Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate and generally lived up to massive expectations, fulfilling fans and earning $169 million worldwide.

The sequel's success doesn't mean we should expect another, though.

“It’s done,” McKay reveals to Empire. “I think that’s it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy.”

“No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do," he continued, slicing off the last vestiges of hope for a second Step Brothers. “There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.”

If not another Burgundy-based adventure, what's next for the former Saturday Night Live writer?  Possibly Uptown Saturday Night, a remake that could star Will Smith and Denzel Washington in the roles played by Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier in the 1974 original.

“You never fully know, but that’s the one I’m putting my chips on for now,” McKay says. “We’re working on the rewrite with Nick Stoller and it’s getting really good. We already did The Other Guys, I didn’t want to go into the traditional buddy film genre, I want it to be something different and I think we found it in the last week.”

The Talladega Nights director has laced pretty much all his films with a certain quietly absurd satire.  This largely implicit element of his work might get explicit with a less overtly comedic effort, it seems.  McKay reveals that he's also developing The Big Short, based on the bestselling chronicle of financial chicanery by Moneyball and Liar's Poker author Michael Lewis.

“It’s the best book ever written about finance, banking, the stock market,” says the director. “It’s all about five guys who knew that the 2008 collapse was coming before it happened. Some of them try to warn people, and some go, ‘Screw it, I’m going to short the market!’ These were the few sane people who knew what was happening and it’s about what it’s like to be the one person in the room who actually knows that the building is about to collapse and no-one will believe you. It’s a page-turner. You read it and by the end you completely understand the ’08 collapse.”

McKay has also long been cooking up a feature version of Garth Ennis's violent and thoroughly crazed comic book The Boys, but that one's unlikely to happen any time soon.

If you want one more dose of the Burgundy stallion, check out the new cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, bringing 763 new jokes to theaters for one week only starting today, February 28th.

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