There was nearly a decade gap between “Anchorman” and its sequel, don’t be surprised if there’s another extended gap between the next two films should a third go ahead. If that is the case though, those involved already have an idea of what to do.
Whilst the first film dealt with the rise of women in the male-dominated network news industry, the second was about the rise of the 24 hour cable news channels and that whole industry cycle. So what could a third film cover? The rise of new media according to Adam McKay who is out doing “The Big Short” promotional rounds and spoke with Yahoo this week about the possibility:
“That was what we kind of talked about. 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. 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.”
McKay previously indicated there were no plans for a third film, comments he later backtracked on a few months later telling TIME: “With these movies you really don’t know how they’ve played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing. That tends to be how our movies work.”