The trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R-Rated Version is here and you can check it out in the player below, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers. What’s more, below that is a clip (via Break.com) showcasing a new scene from the surprise theatrical release, hitting the big screen for one week only beginning February 28!
Rumors of a big screen return for Anchorman 2 began last fall when ComingSoon.net visited writer/director Adam McKay and editor Brent White in the sequel’s editing bay. They offered up their hopes for a big screen release of a very different Anchorman 2 cut. It’s full history begins, however, quite some time ago.
Back when the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was in post-production, McKay and White discovered that they had so many deleted scenes, alternate jokes and otherwise outtakes from the cast’s often improvisational brand of humor that they were able to assemble a full “sequel” to Anchorman. Titled, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, the feature length film was, for years, only available in a “Best Buy” exclusive DVD set, and was later given a wide release as a blu-ray special feature.
“This time I came to the editing room and I went, ‘Well, Brent, do we have a second movie?'” McKay told us. “Brent goes, ‘Actually, you don’t have a second movie, but you have a whole other movie with all-new jokes.’ I go, ‘What do you mean?’ He goes, ‘You can replace every single joke with a different one.’ They’re all quality alts… If you saw the movie and then they said, ‘Hey, come back and see ‘Anchorman 2′ again with 240 new jokes, would you pay cash and go see the movie again? …The advantage you get is that these jokes don’t have to pass by an audience and you get some stranger jokes.”
The good news for Anchorman fans is that this new cut apparently more than doubles down on McKay’s original numerical figure and, as the trailer below boasts, it will feature exactly 763 brand new jokes!