Anchorman 2 Was Almost A Musical
It’s hard to believe that the original Anchorman film is already almost a decade old. The 2004 film quickly started a cult following that has only grown throughout the years. While the film was loved by many, it wasn’t a large enough box-office hit to warrant a sequel in such swift timing. So fans waited with diligence for the chance to see their favorite mustachioed…San Diego-ite—San Diegon—San Diegan on the big screen once more. However, according to a recent interview the cast did with Entertainment Weekly, the Anchorman sequel was nearly turned into a broadway musical.
“We thought we could kind of do the old Marx Brothers model where we perfected it onstage for six months, got all the jokes tight, and then we shot it,” Director Adam McKay states. With Will Ferrell’s success with the Broadway show You’re Welcome America, McKay thought that the crew would be able to rehearse for the musical during the spring, perform during the summer and film the movie in the fall of 2009.
However, following a conversation with Josh Gad of The Book of Mormon, they swiftly learned that there’s much more to this musical thing than they anticipated. Gad told Ferrell that The Book of Mormon was workshopped for four years before it took off and Ferrell quickly learned that "[they] had no real idea how much work it takes to mount a musical.”
Some of the ideas that were being tossed around though are certainly bizarre enough to make fans pine over the musical that could have been, including replacement actors for the musical like Alec Baldwin as Ron Burgundy. “I still think it’s a great idea and it would have been incredibly fun to do,” says Steve Carell, but Ferrell laughs it off and remarks that the show could have sold on “how bad it was.”
While we won’t be receiving any four-part news team harmonies in the foreseeable future, we can all still revel in the fact that the Channel 4 team will be back in action on Dec. 20.