‘Anchorman 3’ could find Ron Burgundy adapting to the internet, says director

Adam McKay admits film about the rise of the new media could be a possibility

The director of the Anchorman films has suggested that a third instalment of the franchise could find protagonist Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) grappling with the internet and its role in the media.

Speaking to Yahoo, Adam McKay said: “We talked about doing one that was about the rise of the new media.”

While 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy introduced Burgundy as a chauvinistic newsreader in 1970s California, its sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) found him working at a 24-hour news channel in 1980s New York.

McKay, who also directed Step Brothers and The Other Guys, added: “I think [the next step for Ron is] 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.”

He also explained that he had considered turning Burgundy into a war correspondent: “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.”

McKay was promoting his new film The Big Short, a drama about the start of the recession in 2008, starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Karen Gillan, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell.