Although he has stated in the past that there would be no Anchorman 3, Adam McKay has since retracted that statement, and even gone as far as to discuss possible plot themes for a new Anchorman film. We have seen the hilarious Will Ferrell take Ron Burgundy through the progression of 1970s and 1980s media in both the original Anchorman and in the sequel. So what could possibly be the next step?
Yahoo News asked McKay the same thing, and he had an intriguing response in speaking about conversations he’s had with the creative team about the future of the franchise:
“We talked about doing [a movie] 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 someday — 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. And I think you’re right, I think it’s the Internet. The only thing is, by then Burgundy would be getting pretty old. So maybe it’s a movie we make in 10 years, when Will’s aged up and it actually makes sense that you can set it in 1997 or ’98.”
We have seen Ron learn to deal with women in his newsroom, and then we watched him move to the big time by broadcasting on a global stage in New York. So what is the next step? Personally, I like the idea of him reporting from the battlefront. I am sure there is plenty of fodder for Ferrell’s comedic genius. However, I can also see the natural progression being the internet and Ron Burgundy developing his own blog on Woman’s Rights. Both would be equally hilarious.
No matter what Adam McKay decides to do for the next Anchorman movie, we will unfortunately have to wait until Ferrell ages suitably for the part, unless they get the hankering to make it sooner and slap some aging makeup on him. However, since it was almost a full decade between the releases of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), waiting is one thing Ron Burgundy fans are used to.