May 6th, 2010
01:02 PM ET

Hope remains for 'Zoolander' and 'Anchorman' sequels

Ben StillerThe future of two sequels to a pair of fan favorite comedy films has hung in the balance for the past two weeks, as fans worried that the movies would never get to see the light of day.

While the “Transformers” franchise added Patrick Dempsey to its third installment and the “Twilight” saga got an Oscar-winning director for its fourth film, “Anchorman 2” and a sequel to 2001’s “Zoolander” seemed to be in jeopardy.

Earlier this week there was speculation that “Anchorman 2” is out of the question because Will Ferrell and "Anchorman" director/co-writer Andy McKay couldn’t get the budget low enough for Paramount, the studio that owns the movie.

McKay tweeted last Thursday, “So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried.”

Last Friday, Ben Stiller took to his own Twitter account to lament the lack of work for the characters of the two movies. “Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks," Stiller tweeted, setting off alarm that a second "Zoolander" may not happen.

Yesterday, those fears were calmed when "Zoolander 2" writer/director Justin Theroux - the same guy who wrote this week's "Iron Man 2" - told Movieline that as far as he knows, the sequel is still a go.

"Today and yesterday I was with Ben, and today, we continued to break story,” Theroux told the site. "I have not gotten word from anyone to put pencils down, so I am continuing as though we are proceeding with that film."

So perhaps what Will Ferrell told EW.com this week regarding the still possible "Anchorman 2" is spot on. In this business, “it’s always a negotiation, even if it’s a no.”


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  1. Jon

    Zoolander 2!! As long as it doesn't erode the lustre of the first one- I'm in!
    It's one of my favorite movies. BUT it better have Hansel in it!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brett

    They should do a sequel to Dodgeball. That was a great movie, too.

    "Keep making your jokes, Mr. Jokey... Jokemaker."

    "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood... NOBODY!"

    "Turn that Frankenstein you see in the mirror every morning into a FrankenFINE!"

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. my2centsworth

    I heard about an "Anchorman" sequel almost 2years ago! I sure hope they make once because the first one is HILARIOUS! I love Will Farrell!

    May 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George

    "May 6th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

    Hated both of these movies so I can't envision wasting my time on a sequel. If there's one movie I'd like to see a sequel of, it's Master and Commander."

    This may be funnier than either of the two movies......how old are you and how much do you weigh? I bet it's plus size........

    May 7, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. johanna

    anchor man was hilarious... its already a classic, my grandkids will watch that in 40 years and still think its great... they are stupid not to sequel that...

    Maybe they have too many money making projects now and are just saving it for when things slow down. Rationing. Cause its a guaranteed money maker...

    May 7, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Maggie

    A sequel worth making is WEDDING CRASHERS!!! That was pure comedic GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. T.Pynchon

    I just hope they make a sequel to "Four Christmases".

    May 7, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Freightmover

    This idiot was funny in 1 movie.....1.............wish they would make a movie with his father and the woman from Seinfeld.....

    May 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Downer

    neither of these films left any remaining questions which need answered.

    May 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rig1015

    I'm on board for more from either movie, lov'em both, but they had better follow the sequel standard that Cameron set up big, better, and more. But I like shawn's idea of a Galaxy Quest sequel more.

    May 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nd2

    one movie was more that enough

    May 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Seqeuls to 2 of my favorite movies. I hope they get made!!

    May 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shawn

    Starsky and Hutch would be a good one to do a sequel too.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shawn

    How about a sequel to Galaxy Quest?

    May 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ADRIENE

    YES YES YES!!!!! PLEASE YES!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! I KNOW ALL THE LINES TO THE MOVIES!!!!! SO SILLY, INSANE, CONTAGIOUS LOL LOL, I WILL SEE THEM OPENING NIGHT!!! ZOOLANDER IS A SHOW ME AND MY GIRLS HAVE MOVIE MARATHONS WITH. WE WATCH THAT, NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, SUPERSTAR. I HAVE TO FAST FOWARD THROUGH THE ONE PART U KNOW WHAT I MEAN. BUT THEY ALSO KNOW ALL THE LINES TO ZOOLANDER AND " I FEEL LIKE I AM TAKING CRAZY PILLS" ARE USED DAILY LOL LOL. AND WHEN MY GIRL GETS A COLD, SHE SAYS SHE COUGHS LIKE ZOOLANDER AND SAYS SHE IS GETTING THE BLACK LUNG, IT IS TOO FUNNY. U HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS MADE MY DAY!!!! THANK YOU SOOOO SOOOO MUCH!

    May 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Boof

    Hated both of these movies so I can't envision wasting my time on a sequel. If there's one movie I'd like to see a sequel of, it's Master and Commander.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. shawn

    I would love to see a sequel to Zoolander and Anchorman, but there are other movies that, at least for me, should have a sequel made. Orgazmo, left way open for a sequel, and I'm sure they could get a much larger budget now. Big Trouble In Little China, left wide open for a sequel. I can't really see Kurt Russell reprising the role of Jack Burton, but I think Sean William Scott might be a good choice.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Denizen Kate

    Isn't anyone tired of sequels, remakes, and movies based on cancelled TV shows? Hey Hollywood, how about something new?

    May 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Che

    I think both these movies are works of comic genius and I will forever drop lines from them in normal conversation with friends and coworkers in an attempt to appear cool and sophisticated, but if "Austin Powers 6: The Quest for Curley's Gold" taught us anything, it's that replaying the same punchlines which once appeared brilliant ad nausea not only cheapens the sequel, it degrades the original work of art. For the sake of these masterpieces, I hope the "sequels" forever reside in our imaginations, where the dollar hungry, unimaginative Hollywood bigwigs can't corrupt their purity.

    Also, I pooped in the fridge and ate a whole wheel of cheese.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. thesnootyone

    I'm slightly surprised at Anchor Man not getting a sequel, but when I read that they were even thinking of creating a sequel for Zoolander, I wondered what version of Bizarro World I woke up in today.

    "Quick! Make a sequel to 'Monkey Bone!'"

    May 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |

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