It was a little surprising last week when Adam McKay and Ben Stiller both took to Twitter to announce what we had suspected all long: Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2 were never going to happen. Both films were set up at Paramount, and both were apparently squabbling with the studio over budget concerns, trying to find ways to make more expensive sequels to movies that were cheap when they were made years ago, but now came with bigger stars and bigger hit potential.

Why was Paramount being so cagey over greenlighting two movies that seemed like guaranteed hits, particularly after dropping a huge load of cash for an untitled Sacha Baron Cohen project? According to Deadline, we can blame the foreigners. Neither Anchorman nor Zoolander did all that well overseas, and Paramount apparently wants more return for $70-ish million both sequels would ideally cost.

It seems there's a way to make both movies happen if the budgets can be cut to about $40 million, which isn't totally unreasonable--that's nearly twice what the first Anchorman cost-- but difficult given that the film's stars are much bigger now. I'd like to think that Steve Carell and Paul Rudd would just go do Anchorman 2 for free just to entertain us all, but you know, they've got mouths to feed. Even though there's once again hope for Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2, I'm settling firmly back into my skepticism.
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