So here’s a not-so-exclusive look at the special All-Drama, No-Joke edition of Anchorman 2: The Legend continues–as proudly announced by Paramount Pictures today on the heels of Anchorman 2 getting its official DVD/Blu-Ray release today. Now learn more about the official press release (dated April 1st) for the allegedly digital-only version…
The new version of the film, titled “ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: NO JOKE CUT,” will feature no jokes at all, and will instead focus on the drama surrounding the rise of the first 24-hour news channel. The release follows the successful February 28th theatrical release of “ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: SUPER-SIZED R-RATED VERSION,” which featured 763 entirely new jokes.
“Comedies often fail to get the consideration they deserve because laughter masks the serious storytelling going on beneath the surface,” said producer Judd Apatow. “This new cut illustrates that Anchorman 2 can hold its weight against any drama.”
“People know that Will and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there’s a very powerful drama at work,” said writer/ director Adam McKay. “Movies like Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People and Breaking the Waves are the movies that inspire Will and me. I’m just glad, with the no joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of Anchorman 2.”
We’re actually enjoying this more than all the online reporting about Michael Cera being cast as The Riddler in the upcoming Batman/Superman epic. That’s the kind of thing that we had to actually ponder as maybe being real. We’re still hoping that we’re wrong on that one–just as we’re hoping that Will Ferrell , Judd Apatow, and Adam McKay were actually perverse enough to really put together a full-length Anchorman 2: No Joke Cut, and now they can complain that no one respects them as serious artists.