Adam McKay Accepts the Death Of ‘Anchorman 2′ And Pitches ‘Step Brothers’ Sequel

Monday, July 19 by

Ever since the news that an Anchorman sequel would not happen, I’ve been very sad. Food doesn’t taste right and I don’t notice the birds singing anymore. The news should make no one sadder than director Adam McKay, who seems to have accepted the loss. In fact, he’s looking onward and upward.

ScreenJunkies caught up with the director of The Other Guys over the weekend and he told us he’s interested in bringing back Brennan and Dale for a sequel to the cult comedy Step Brothers. That poses important questions. Where would he take the characters? How have they grown?? And why doesn’t he secretly film an Anchorman sequel using the Step Brothers funding? If not for me, do it for Christina Applegate.


McKay: “We’re kicking around the idea of Step Brothers 2. We feel like there’s way more fat to be mined there. While it isn’t quite the legend that Anchorman is, it has built kind of a nice following. We think it could be a pretty fun one.”
SJ: What would the plot of the sequel be?

“A different kind of immature. The idea is that when we meet them, they’ve gotten more mature. They actually have jobs. They actually do have a semblance of a life. One of them’s married and has a kid. They’re still kind of goofballs but they’v taken three or four steps. Then we have an idea for something happens that knocks him back to square one, and one of the brothers, John C. Reilly sort of instigates it, like ‘we can’t take this anymore.’ And things go really bad, they’re lives kind of fall apart. They have to pull it back together is sort of the basic structure. I won’t say the ideas but we have a couple ideas. We had ideas in the first one that we never did that we always thought were pretty funny.”
SJ: If you couldn’t get Anchorman 2 greenlit, how will you be able to do so with a less popular film?

McKay: “I think any sequel you’re up against it. I think the legendary comedy is worse to do a sequel to. We kind of knew going into it that it would never be as good as the first one. You just have to accept it and move ahead. I mean, Godfather II I think is the only one maybe better than the first, right? Empire better than Star Wars, I don’t know about that. Terminator 2 is interesting. It’s still tough though, that original idea out of the gate. Godfather II changed it up enough, that was the trick that it became a different world.”

(Source: Fred Topel)

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  1. July 19, 2010 10:33 am


    I just watched john c reilly on jimmy falon and he said they were looking for a good script so was thinking and the first thing that came to mind was the old off that you can see coming i think i have better idea if someone can get in touch with judd or jimmy i would love to run it by them

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