When Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy arrived in theaters way back in 2004, some people were disappointed that it was given a PG-13 rating. Comedy fans felt that it didn't go far enough, and that the rating, in place to get more people into the theater, hindered the movie from being a true raunch masterpiece. Though, creators Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have always stood by their decision to release the film in theaters with a PG-13, knowing that an Unrated cut of the film was just around the corner on DVD.
People hoping that Anchorman: The Legend Continues has a harder edge when it hits theaters this December may get their wish. Though, they might have to travel to the Philippines for it. In a recent chat with Adam McKay about the impending Blu-ray release of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which he oversaw and produced, he reveals that Paramount, unhappy with the R rating that film went in front of audiences with, is toying with the notion of releasing both R and PG-13 rated versions of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 in theaters, depending on which market it opens in internationally. He then revealed that there are discussions about doing the same thing with Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
"What we're trying to find out now...Now, with the international film market, there's the idea of releasing two versions. Which I have no problem with. We are kind of loosely discussing it with Anchorman: The Legend Continues too. That, to me, would be the perfect answer. Because then people can see what they want to see. That's all I care about. There is a discussion about doing an R version and a PG-13 version. Now, with the digital, you don't have to do the print deliveries. So this is something that is easier to do with the digital downloads. There are no prints. You just download it. It's only at the discussion stages. We're just now getting into the script for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. But that is the idea I like best. As long as we get to see cool shit as an audience, I'm happy!"
The director, who is in the process of wrapping up production on Anchorman: The Legend Continues also talked about fan expectations, and the inevitable haters that will loudly voice their opinions on opening day. In the wake of Arrested Development and its cruel reception by some fans (a show that has been gone exactly the same amount of time since the last Anchorman), it's a forgone conclusion that Anchorman: The Legend Continues is in danger of bringing the same disappointment and hate. Which Adam McKay actually welcomes.
" Here's the bottom line. It's the hardest thing to do a sequel to a movie, a TV show, an album, that is beloved. It is the hardest thing in the world to do. Nothing will ever match that initial first meet with whatever project you are talking about. And that's the reason we decided to do this. Will Ferrell and I never wanted to do sequels. We have always said that. We have so many ideas, why would we ever do a sequel? Then at a certain point we realized, at the last minute, to do a sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Otherwise we'd be too old. It would be really hard. The challenge excited us. We welcome it! We are doing this with the intention of trying to get over that hump. Of the haters. Of the people that say we'll never live up to the first one. We will try. We may not succeed, by the way. That is very possible. But that's why it's intriguing. You look at all of the sequels that have stumbled or had a hard time. There are very few that have succeeded. It's a great challenge for us.
I don't think people go to a movie not to like it. Whenever I'm in a movie theater, I am there! I have spent two hours of my time to get there. I am very careful when I go to the movies, because I don't want to see anything I'm not going to like. Because I don't have the time to go. I think comment sections on web pages are a whole different category. They are designed for hate. People thoughtlessly throw it out. It's like a moment of power in print that they get to have. Long ago, I learned never to read the comment section. No good will ever come of it. (Laughs)"
When it was pointed out that those comment section haters have become the critics, Adam McKay gave a very considerate response.
"Its kind of true. That's a really interesting discussion. Now you are talking about something...Its consensus culture, that's what you're talking about. That's what the internet is bringing us to. Where everything is voted on. Its not the best review. It's not the five best critics. It's the total of all the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. And that's your review. That's your number. It's the amount of likes you get. Or unfriends. Or un-follows. It becomes this consensus culture. The good news is, I think it always comes out in the wash. I think, "Yeah, okay. Arrested Development may get some haters on this new season they released. In two years, it won't matter. Time always kind of tells what the real quality of something is." You can have something open up, and make a crazy amount of money, and it gets great reviews. Two years later, everyone looks at each other and goes, "What were we thinking?" In that sense, I stopped worrying. With comedy, you don't have to worry about reviews at all. They are almost meaningless. Unless you are getting three percent on Rotten Tomatoes, or one hundred percent, I don't think it means anything with comedy. We don't worry about that so much."
What do you think? Is it inevitable that people will be disappointed with Anchorman: The Legend Continues no matter how good it is?