Will Ferrell recently appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast and revealed that it took years to get the original 2004 film to the big screen, with his script being rejected up to ten times per day. Why? Because the initial plot was absolutely insane.
According to Ferrell:
“The first version of Anchorman was basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia to celebrate the Bicentennial, and also, all the newsmen from around the country are flying in from their affiliates to have some big convention.”
Things go awry when Ron Burgundy convinces the pilots he can fly the plane:
“He immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. And it’s just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside,. They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to then, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars.”
Feuding news teams, throwing stars and orangutans? This has to see the light of day. Hell, it can’t be any worse than Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.