It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a decade since we first met Will Ferrell’s scotch-swilling, flute-playing news man Ron Burgundy, at least in part because we’re all still quoting the damn movie incessantly (just yesterday I made "glass case of emotions" crack). We just got a sequel a few years back, with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but writer and director Adam McKay already has ideas for what Anchorman 3 could look like.
McKay is in the process of stumping for his upcoming financial drama The Big Short—I know, what you’re thinking, a big, prestigious drama about the financial crisis from the guy behind Step Brothers sounds unlikely to us, too, but it’s getting a ton of buzz. When Yahoo asked him about the possibility of Anchorman 3, McKay replied with:
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.
We’ve seen how Ron reacts to change before, like the shocking idea of a woman reading news, with hilarious results, and the idea of him trying to adapt to new media sounds like it could be equally rib-tickling, especially in Ferrell’s deft comedic hands. While war is definitely serious business, how can the idea of Ron Burgundy stumbling and bumbling his way through the Iraq War has some seriously golden potential for fans?
If Anchorman 3 does happen, and the story does wind up as something like Ron Burgundy versus the Internet, McKay commented that it might be something they will have to wait a few years to tackle. To set the story around the era of the late 1990s, Ron would be getting pretty old by that point, and he remarked that they might have to wait for Ferrell to "age up" in order to get the look and feel right.
While we’ll have to wait quite a while to see if Anchorman 3 ever materializes, we’ll be able to see Adam McKay’s work on the big screen again in just a few weeks. With a truly impressive cast that features Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, and many more big names, The Big Short tells the story of four financial outsiders who predicted the crash of the mid-2000s and decide to take on the banking industry. The film opens December 11, 2015.