Will Ferrell, the original Anchorman film’s lead actor, has said that Anchorman 2 was shelved because of the potential actors’ salary expectations.
Ferrell starred as Ron Burgundy in the film, and has now spoken publicly for the first time of his frustration at the shelving of a sequel for the cult 2004 comedy, citing financial restrictions.
Speaking to Collider, he admitted that the actors’ salaries were one of the reasons the film couldn’t be made on a small budget.
“If you’re getting myself, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and probably a bunch of other people who would line up to be in that movie, it’s going to cost a certain amount,” he said.
He added: “We were basically begged to for years and years, like, ‘Would you guys ever do a sequel? Would you ever do a sequel?’ We warmed up to the idea and we were like, ‘That could actually be a lot of fun.’ And we got everyone together and then they were basically like, ‘Great! We can’t believe it! But you have to do it for this amount.’ And we were like, ‘Oh, well there’s no way we can do it for that.’ Right now the ball is in their court.”
In April this year Ferrell‘s writing partner Adam McKay broke the news to fans that a sequel was off the table on Twitter, writing: “So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried.”
McKay also spoke to Collider about the shelved sequel, confirming: “It was a musical. We were going to do four months on Broadway and then jump right into filming.”