Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a ridiculous movie, and that's why it's one of the most popular comedies of the 2000s. From Ron Burgundy's outrageous exclamations to Brian Fantana's toxic cologne to a melee battle breaking out between San Diego's news teams, the 2004 comedy is widely considered appealing because of its absurdity. However, a strange as it may sound, Anchorman could have been a lot weirder had the creative team gone with the original plot idea, which involved the main characters trying to survive being killed by orangutans in the mountains. Will Ferrell explained:
Brick Tamland killing a man with a trident doesn't sound quite as bizarre when you when you compare it to orangutans armed with Chinese throwing stars. Will Ferrell revealed what the first idea for Anchorman was while appearing on The Bill Simmons Podcast, and as the actor later stated, the idea was "a little too kooky." That said, despite the different setting, this earlier tale hits one of the same beats as the finalized version did: Ron, Brian Champ and Brick being unfairly dismissive of Veronica. Ferrell continued:
While this version of Anchorman never made it past the idea stage, there was an different cut of the movie released on home media called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie to accompany the theatrical version. Wake Up was made up of deleted scenes and excised storylines, like the news team tracking a gang of bank robbers called The Alarm Clock. While it's considered by some to be a sequel, it's really just an alternative way the main plot played out. The true sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, was released in 2013.
There's still no word on if Anchorman 3 will ever be made, but considering what Anchorman 2 showed (like Brick using a gun from the future and the ghost of Stonewall Jackson), including orangutans with throwing stars would be relatively tame.
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