With the release of Anchorman 2 fast approaching with the holiday season, fans everywhere are starting to get antsy when it comes to finally being able to see the film. It’s been about a decade since we last saw Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 news team but on December 18th we’ll get to see what they’re up to now.
In fact, fans are looking forward to the movie so much that Paramount is releasing the day two days earlier than planned. But what wasn’t planned was how long the initial cut of the film would be as director Adam McKay has let us know just how long that cut was. The director talked with ScreenCrush and stated that Anchorman 2 was originally over four hours long.
The first cut was four and a half hours. Then our first cut where it all kind of tracked was about three hours. It played. It played like a real movie with a beginning, middle and end over three hours. I think we screened our first cut at two-and-a-half hours. It was the best screening we’ve ever had at that fat length. Normally when it hits two and a half, three hours, the audience gets exhausted and start yawning. This time it actually played throughout the whole thing. We probably shot a million and a quarter feet of film. It’s hard to say now because everything is digital, but it’s probably that easily.
This shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise to those who followed the production as it was mentioned a while back that Anchorman 2 had enough alternate takes that it could be released as the same exact movie but with entirely different jokes. But a four hour run time is ridiculously long and goes to show that while it’s been cut way down, we’re clearly getting the best of the best packed into the sequel.