‘Anchorman 3’ could send Ron Burgundy to war

"That definitely gave us a big idea," says director

Anchorman director Adam McKay has discussed a possible idea for a third franchise film, which would involve Ron Burgundy being sent to the war in Iraq.

While 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy introduced Will Ferrell’s 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 has now told CinemaBlend that a third film could take place during either the first or second Iraq war.

“I don’t know if you remember the first and even the second Iraq war. Maybe it was mainly the second Iraq war. They embedded journalists and that gave us kind of a whole story idea,” writer/director McKay explained.

“I don’t want to say too much, but I’ll just tell you that embedded journalist, Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, the news team. That definitely gave us a big idea.”

Despite previously saying that the second Anchorman film was “the last sequel we’re gonna do”, in 2015 McKay said that he had “kicked around” the idea of Burgundy going to war in a third Anchorman movie but “never got that serious about it”.

However, just last year saw Ferrell hint that we could still see another Anchorman film, saying: “Never say never. At the same time, that’s what’s really fun about those characters – it could be 10 years from now and we can still play those guys and just be older… and even dumber. So that’s the beauty of that.”

Ferrell added: “There are no imminent plans to return to that as of yet, because, I can’t speak for [director] Adam [McKay], but for myself, we still have a lot of other original ideas that we’d like to do.”

Other ideas discussed for a potential Anchorman sequel include Ron Burgundy adapting to the age of the Internet.